Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Independence Day bonanza for MP Govt. employees

The State Government has decided to give an Independence Day bonanza to its employees by revising the rates of house rent allowance, conveyance allowance, vehicle/ transport allowance, reserved area allowance and non-professional allowance. It will also give them free housing facility.
Accepting the recommendations of the Agrawal Pay Commission, the Government would also revise the rates of pension as per the Central Government index.
The employees would get the revised rates of house rent allowance, besides the benefit of concessional rates of rent for government quarters in reserved areas and non-commercial allowance with retrospective effect from November 1, 2011. Benefits of remaining recommendations will be given with effect from August 1, 2012. The State Government will bear an annual burden of `500 crore on this account.
Under the existing rate of house rent allowance the employees received eight per cent in cities with over five lakh population. Now, ten per cent would be given in cities with over seven lakh population.
Earlier, house rent allowance of five per cent was being given in cities with 2 lakh to 5 lakh population. Now, seven per cent allowance would be given in cities with 3 lakh to 7 lakh population. At present, four per cent house rent allowance is payable in cities having 50,000 to two lakh population. Now, five per cent house rent allowance would be paid in cities with 50,000 to three lakh population. Allowance of 2.5 per cent was being given in cities with below 50,000 population, which has been increased to three per cent.
Earlier, `200-800 house rent allowance was payable to inspectors, sub-inspectors, head constables and constables of police, foresters, deputy foresters, vanpals, forest guards and jail superintendents, deputy superintendents, chief wardens, wardens and matrons. Now house rent allowance would be paid as per the employee’s eligibility for category of houses and as per minimum licence fee as `758+`150 =`908 to `1629+`425 =`2054.
The vehicle allowance has also been revised. Earlier, car allowance of `300-800 was given to Government employees, which has been increased to `750-`2000. Allowance for other conveyance has also been increased from `100-`230 to `300-`700.
Besides daily allowance, headquarters allowance and special rest allowance have also been revised. In ‘A’ category, `200 would be given in place of `80, in ‘B’ category `160 in place of `60, in ‘C’ category `120 in place of `48 and in ‘D’ category `100 would be given in place of `32. Rate of daily allowance in newly constituted ‘E’ category has been fixed at `70. Now, in ‘A’ category `200 would be given for one-day journey, `400 for two days, `600 for three days and `2,000 would be given for a journey of ten days.
Earlier, officers of Secretary and above rank were eligible for air travel.
Now, officers of ‘A’ category drawing `7,600 have also been given eligibility for air travel. Besides, officers getting `6,600 would also be eligible for air travel through air service operated by private operators within the State.
Now, `500-4,000 per day would be given in place of `200-3,000 for staying in hotels in mega cities outside the state. Earlier, `100-250 was being given for staying at a relative’s house. Now, `200-400 would be given. ` 250-2,000 would be given for lodging in places within the state. Earlier, this facility was available to only class-I officers.

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