Friday, March 17, 2017

Media Report : Meeting on Higher Allowance and National Pension Scheme today, major announcement awaited

Several senior officials on union cabinet are likely to meet members of panel over Higher Allowance and National Pension Scheme (NPS) on Friday that was constituted a day after the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations, said Shiv Gopal Mishra, the chief secretary of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), a joint body of unions representing the central government employees in large numbers. The committee on higher allowance is also likely to make a major announcement on Friday after they have submitted its report to the government. A day after 7th Pay Commission’s recommendation was implemented by the Union Government, several ministers had met Shiv Gopal Mishra and had assured him that his plea on increasing the higher allowances will be heard.

Last year in June, the Union Government had accepted the recommendation of Justice AK Mathur on 7th Pay Commission in respect to higher allowances, hike in basic pay and pension. Suggestions related to higher allowances were referred to Ashok Lavasa committee. The union cabinet had also formed a separate committee for suggesting measures for streamlining the implementation of National Pension System (NPS) for which 53 lakh of pensioners are eagerly waiting.
The NJCA has also demanded HRA at the rate pf 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent, however, the 7th Pay Commission had recommended that the HRA has to be paid at the rate of 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent of the new Basic Pay, depending on type of cities.
Meanwhile, on Thursday the Union Cabinet has given a nod for the additional 2 per cent increase in the Dearness Allowance (DA) for Central Government employees. Along with DA, the pensioners who were expecting the Dearness Relief (DR) has also been increased by 2 per cent with effect from January 1, 2017.
“We were expecting the government to raise the Dearness Allowance by at least 3 per cent. Considering the revisions of the previous year, they should had increased it by 3 per cent,” said NJCA convenor Shiv Gopal Mishra while speaking to India.com. He further added, “We will raise this issue in a meeting of National Council (Staff Side)”.
President of the Confederation of Central Government Employees, K K N Kutty, had also expressed similar dissatisfaction over speculative reports and was quoted by the PTI where it said, “It would not be able to offset the real impact of price rise”.
As the DA has been hiked for Central Government employees, the decision on other allowances would be taken after Ashok Lavasa-led committee submits its report.
Nearly 47 lakh Central Government employees, along with 53 lakh pensioners are been eagerly waiting for some latest development.

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