Saturday, April 29, 2017

Govt. Press Release on allowance report

The Committee on Allowances headed by Shri Ashok Lavasa, Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure) submitted its Report to the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley yesterday; The Report will be now placed before the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) to firm-up the proposal for approval of the Cabinet. 

Lavasa panel suggests changes in allowances, Govt Press release confirmed it.

The Lavasa Committee has suggested modifications in some allowances applicable universally to all employees and also for those in specific categories, including railways and defence, after examining the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

The Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa-led Committee on Allowances, which was constituted by the government to examine the Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommendations on allowances, had submitted its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley yesterday.
"Modifications have been suggested in some allowances which are applicable universally to all employees as well as certain other allowances which apply to specific employee categories such as railwaymen, postal employees, scientists, defence forces personnel, doctors, nurses etc," the finance ministry said in a statement today.
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Friday, April 28, 2017

"Allowance committee kept HRA unchanged - 30/20/10 percent" -Sources

The 10-month long wait of central government employees and pensioners for allowances is about to end as the Narendra Modi government is expected to  announce a maximum HRA hike of up to 178 percent for them soon.
A high-level committee headed by the Finance Secretary, Ashok Lavasa, on Thursday submitted its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
If sources are to be believed, the committee on allowances has given its view in favour of employees by recommending against altering the existing HRA rates.
One of the major concerns for employees was the Seventh Pay Commission recommendation, regarding decrease in house rent allowance (HRA) by 2-6 percent depending on type of cities.
The report will now be examined by the empowered committee of secretaries and following that it will be placed before the Cabinet.

West Bengal declared holiday on 10th May for Buddha Purnima under NI Act

"In partial modification of this Department Notification No.1116-F[P2] dated 22.02.2017 read with Notification No. 5606-F(P2) dated 27.10.2016 the Governor is pleased to declare 10th May, 2017(Wednesday), as a Public holiday on account of 'BUDDHA PURNIMA' under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881."
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Fitment Committee likely to submit report to Odisha govt today

With the extended deadline for submission of the report by the Fitment Committee for implementation of the recommendation of 7th Pay Commission for Odisha government employees ending today, the latter are hopeful that the panel would submit its draft report to the government tomorrow which would bring good tidings for them.
The Fitment Committee is likely to meet tomorrow to finalize on its draft report.
“We have identified the issues connected to HR, management and all. We have identified some issue also. It’s a process. We have already had a meeting recently. We are planning to have a meeting tomorrow also. Future course of action you will come to know when we do it,” said R Balakrishna Development Commissioner and Chairman of the Fitment Committee.
Following acceptance of the draft report of the Fitment Committee by the Cabinet, employees will receive hiked salary.

Finance Minister meets Expenditure Secy on Central employees allowance

It is learnt from All India Railwaymen's Federation, Finance Minister is busy with a meeting with Secretary of Expenditure regarding Lavasa Committe report on allowances for Central Govt. employees.
It may be mentioned that Lavasa committee has submitted it's report to Finance Ministry yesterday though content of the report has not been made public yet.
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Allowance committee finally submitted report

New Delhi, Apr 27 (PTI) A high-level committee headed by the Finance Secretary submitted today its report on allowances to 47 lakh government employees to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
The Ashok Lavasa Committee was constituted in June last year after the government implemented the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.
The pay panel had recommended abolition of or subsuming of allowances like acting, assisting cashier, cycle, condiment, flying squad, haircutting, rajbhasha, rajdhani, robe, shoe, shorthand, soap, spectacle, uniform, vigilance and washing.
After submitting the report to Jaitley, Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa said the committee has taken into account representations made by various stakeholders.
The report will now be examined by the empowered committee of secretaries and following that it will be placed before the Cabinet, he said.
Out of total 196 allowances, it had recommended abolition of 52 and subsuming of another 36 into larger existing ones.
The commission had recommended hiking the HRA in the range of 8-24 per cent.
If the pay commission recommendations on allowances are implemented fully, then as per estimates the cost to the exchequer will be Rs 29,300 crore.
Lavasa said the government will take the final call on the date of payout of revised allowances to government employees.

4 per cent DA hike for Bihar employees, pensioners

Patna, Apr 27 (PTI) The Bihar Cabinet today increased the dearness allowance (DA) of state government employees, pensioners and family pensioners by four per cent.

They would now get a total DA of 136 per cent instead of the existing 132 per cent, cabinet secretariat department Principal Secretary Brajesh Mehrotra said.

The DA would be given to the employees with effect from January 1 this year, Mehrotra told reporters here in a post cabinet briefing.

"7th Pay Commission: Will Committee on Allowances submit its report today?" - Zee News Report

The wait for higher allowances like Dearness Allowance (DA) and House Rent Allowance (HRA) for nearly 1 crore government employees and pensioners might be near its end as the Ashok Lavasa-led Committee on Allowances like likely to submit its report as part of the 7th Pay Commission to the Finance Ministry on Thursday. 
The cause of delay have been many but media reports said that the Committee on Allowances will submit its report on allowances to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley once he returns from his US visit on Thursday. 

Tamil Nadu announces 4% D.A.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday announced four per cent hike in dearness allowance for 18 lakh employees, pensioners and family pensioners of the State government with retrospective effect from January 1.
The move would cost the exchequer an additional expenditure of Rs 986.77 crore. The government, had on December 15, 2016, given seven per cent DA hike to its staff.
The announcement follows the Central Government’s decision to hike DA for its employees who have not received the revised pay scale with effect from January 1, 2016.  

Monday, April 24, 2017

New date on gossip - "Allowance Committee to submit report on 27th April!"

Has the wait for higher allowances for the central government finally over? The allowance committee is likely to submit its recommendations under 7th Pay Commission by Thursday to Finance Ministry, a media report said.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will be returning to India from his official trip to United States and Russia on Thursday. Thus, this is when the allowance committee planning to submit the recommendations report, as reported by The Sen Times. 
However, the government has not given any official confirmation regarding the submission of the report. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Seventh Pay Review Commission for implementing the recommendations in Education Institutes submits its report to HRD Ministry

Press release from Ministry of HRD
Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar has assured the teacher fraternity and staff of Education Institutions, University and Colleges of getting justice in their remuneration related matters. Addressing media persons here in New Delhi, the Minister said the Seventh Pay Review Commission for implementing the recommendations in educational institute, University and Colleges has submitted its report to the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Accordingly, a Committee headed by Secretary Higher Education has been constituted. The Committee will have officials from Finance Ministry and other relevant offices and it will submit its final recommendations which will go to Cabinet.

Shri Prakash Javadekar hoped that the Professors, Staff and every individual in education sector will definitely get benefited. He said ‘those who had some doubt whether government is moving or not in this direction, let me dispel their doubts that we have already started action and soon they will get good news’. He further urged the education fraternity to try more vigorously to improve the quality of education at all levels and concentrate on study, examination and assessment work.

DoPT denies Media News about extension of working hours of Central Government employees

Press Release from Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Government of India
"The attention is drawn to the media news about extension of working hours of Central Government employees by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India. It has been stated in the news item that Central Government employees’ working hours will be changed from 09.00 AM to 07.00 PM. It was also stated that the holiday of Saturday will also be done away with for the Central Government employees.

In this regard, the DoPT clarifies that there is no such proposal under consideration of the Central Government. The media news regarding the extension of working hours and abolition of holiday on Saturday for Central Government employees is false and baseless. There is no oral or unwritten order issued in this regard."

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Report on allowance hike delayed by one more week, likely to be submitted by April 18
 In a major disappointment to more than 47 lack central government employees, the final report of the Ashok Lavasa committee will be announced only after another week of delay. The report, that is meant to revise the current allowances paid to all central government employees, will now be released only after 4-5 days.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Conclusive meeting of the Committee on Allowances held on 6th April, 2017

Shiva Gopal Mishra

Ph: 23382286
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery for Central government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
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Dated: April 7, 2017

All Constituents of NC/JCM(Staff Side),

Dear Comrades!
Sub: Conclusive meeting of the Committee on Allowances

As you are aware, conclusive meeting of the Committee on Allowances was held yesterday, i.e. on 6th April, 2017. We hope that, report of the said committee will be submitted to the Cabinet within a week’s time.

Comradely yours,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

Dearness Relief for Central Pensioners : Order issued

Dearness Relief admissible to central Govt. Pensioners / Family Pensioners shall be enhanced from existing 2% to 4% with effect from 01.01.2017.
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Allowance committee meeting tomorrow.

It is informed by the Secretary, Staff Side(JCM), Sri S.G.Mishra, that, meeting of the Committee on Allowances will be held on 06.04.2017. Probably this may the conclusive meeting.
Central Govt. employees are eagerly waiting for the revised allowances and the date of effect. Different media report earlier indicated that Govt. will take a final call in this month. It is widely anticipated that revised allowances will come with  arrears but the date of effect may be from 01.01.2016 or 01.07.2016.
Some media reports are also optimistic of upward revision of HRA to 30, 20 and 10%.

Monday, April 3, 2017

All India Consumer Price Index for February 2017

The All-India CPI-IW for February, 2017 remained stationary at 274 (two hundred and seventy four). On 1-month percentage change, it remained static between January, 2017 and February, 2017,
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