Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Allowances Committee Report and Financial Expenditure


The Central Government Civilian Employees numbering around 36 lakhs employees and Defence forces numbering around 15 lakhs are waiting for a long period for the allowances committee to submit its report and almost 10 months have passed , the allowances committee has not submitted its report so far , the patience of the Central Government Employees is almost over , the main demand of the CG employees is house rent allowance , the expenditure towards the HRA is just at 4.15 % of the total expenditure , the breakup of pay and allowances is pay including DA constitute about 80% and all allowances together constitute around 20% of the total expenditure, even if the 7th CPC recommendations are accepted the HRA expenditure shall be at just 9% of the total expenditure, even if the staff side demands of the HRA is accepted the total expenditure shall not cross 10%, let us examine the following facts.

The total expenditure towards pay & allowances for 36 lakhs Central Government employees for the year 2015-16 is Rs 1,50,028.57 ( in crore) , Out of the total expenditure of 1,50,028.57 crore, the percentage expenditure on Pay, Dearness Allowance (DA), House Rent Allowance (HRA) and other allowances are Pay Rs 55,162.69 crores (36.77%) , DA Rs 64,304.33 crores (42.68%) , allowances constitute Rs 30561.55 crores of which HRA Rs 6,225.14 crores ( 4.15% ) and.
Transport Allowance constitute Rs 6186.05 crores and other allowances 16.22% respectively. Out of the total expenditure of Rs 6,225.14 crore on HRA in 2015-16, the HRA expenditure for X class cities is Rs 2287.80 crore which is around 36.75% of the total expenditure on HRA.
Number of Sanctioned Posts is 36,49,468 and Number in Position is 32,28, 921 vacant posts is 4,20,547 , the Defence forces constitute around 15 lakhs with an Indian Army strength of 11 lakh.

Pay commission views :
Para number 16.3 16.3 The increases in allowances relate to the following:
a) House Rent Allowance (HRA):
This accounts for the principal increase in the expenditure on allowances since it is calculated as a percentage of the basic pay and the rise in basic pay based on recommendations of the Commission would be reflected as increased HRA. The expenditure on account of HRA is likely to go up from ₹12,400 crore to ₹29,600 crore, an increase of ₹17,200 (138.71%). This figure also includes an expenditure of ₹3,700 crore that is likely to occur on account of the expansion in coverage of HRA benefiting personnel serving in the CAPFs (this figures include all Central Government employees including Defence employees) Hence the additional expenditure towards allowances will not financially impact the Central Government as already 70% of the 7th CPC expenditure has been borne out by the Government, only additional expenditure of just around 30% that is Rs 30,000 crores has to be met by the Central Government. even if 7th CPC report is fully implemented the expenditure towards pay and allowances shall not exceed 10% of the total revenue We hope the Government understands the sentiments of the Central Government employees and announce the revised allowances immediately after the arrival of the Honorable Finance Minister from his official tour to US and Russia, which he is expected to return from foreign assignments on 27th April 2017. Comradely
yours (P.S.Prasad)
General Secretary


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

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

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.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Defence Pension Adalat is being held at Goa from 04th to 05th May 2017

Defence Pension Adalat is being held at Goa from 04th to 05th May 2017

Controller General of Defence Accounts Ministry of Defence, Government of India Notice

A Defence Pension Adalat, 147th in the series of Adalats held by the Defence Accounts Department, is being held at Goa from 04th to 05th May 2017.

The Defence Pension Adalat at Goa is being organized by the PCDA (Navy) Mumbai. • The Nodal Officer details for the Defence Pension Adalat Goa is as under:
Nodal Officer : Shri Omkar Maghe, DAS, ACDA.
Tel/Fax No : 0832 – 2531066
Mob. NO : 08375832806
Email ID : •

All concerned are requested Lo take a note of the Ad&t schedule and forward their pension related application/ queries to the nodal omcer under PCDA (Navy). venue of the Adalat is Rajhans Auditorium, Opposite NOFRA, Near Airport, Vasco (Goa). •

The Defence Pension Adalat is likely to be inaugurated by the Hon’ble R.R. M. & CGDA on 04th May, 2017.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

7th Pay Commission: Allowance committee likely to submit report on April 18

7th Pay Commission: Allowance committee likely to submit report
on April 18

On April 6, the committee held a meeting to to decide on the higher allowances.

A week after the "crucial" allowance committee meet under 7th Pay Commission, there is no official update on when the final report will be submitted. However, the Ashok Lavasa committee is likely to announce major changes in the salaries of the central government employees, a media report said.

On April 6, the committee held a meeting to to decide on the higher allowances. The representatives of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) also to joined the meeting. NJCA is a joint body of unions representing central government employees.
Allowance committee to hold "crucial" meeting today In June last year, after the implementation of 7th Pay Commission, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced the formation of Lavasa panel , to examine the suggestions on allowance. Now, after a lot of speculations on date of submission, according to a The Financial Express report, the committee is likely to submit report on April 18.

Allowance committee to submit final report this week After the last meeting, the committee had asked for some more time to finalise the report. Apart from allowances, the panel will also give suggestions on House Rent Allowances to the government. Under the 7th Pay Commission, HRA should be paid at the rate of 24%, 16% and 8% of the new Basic Pay, depending on the type of cities.

Allowance committee to take more time to submit final report Before that, on March 28, the Lavasa Panel had said they will finalise the report after receiving comments from ministries on treatment of 14 allowances and benefits. The panel had sought comments from ministries of defence, railways and posts on treatment of over a dozen benefits.
Other recommendations that included a change in the present system of accounting, wherein pay and allowances are clubbed and it would be difficult to bifurcate these.

Out of 196 allowances, the 7th Pay Commission report had recommended abolition of 52 and subsuming of another 36 into larger existing ones.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Pensioners effective from 1.1.2017

Revised rate effective from 1.1.2017
P&PW(G) Government of India Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
Date : 07th April, 2017

Subject: Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 1.1.2017.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. 42/15/2016-P&PW(G) dated 16th Nov, 2016 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief admissible to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 2% to 4% w.e.f. 1.1.2017.

2. These orders apply to
(i) Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners
(ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out of the Defence Service Estimates,
(iii) All India Service Pensioners
(iv) Railway Pensloners/family pensioners
(v) Pensioners who are in receipt of provisional pension.

3. These orders shall not be applicable on following categories
(i) The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government pensioners from Pakistan who are lndian Nationals but receiving pension on behalf of Government of Pakistan and are in receipt of ad-hoc ex-gratia allowance.
(ii) Central Government Employees who had drawn lump sum amount on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous body and are in receipt of 1/3 restored commuted portion of pension.
(iii) CPF beneficiaries, their widows and eligible children who are in receipt of ex-gratia payment in terms of this Department’s OM No.45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 and revised vide this Department’s OM 1/10/2012-P&PW(E) dated 27.06.2013. Separate orders will be issued in respect of the above categories.

4. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

5. Other provisions governing grant of DR in respect of employed family pensioners and reemployed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained in this Department’s OM No. 45/73/97-P&PW (G) dated 2.7.1999 as amended vide this Department’s OM No. F. No. 38/88/2008-P&PW(G) dated 9th July, 2009.
The provisions relating to regulation of DR where a pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension will remain unchanged.

6. In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.

7. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.

8. The offices of Accountant General and authorised Pension Disbursing Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of these instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA, 11/34-80-11 dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (ii) (CPL)/81 dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.

9. In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the C&AG.

10. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their OM No.1/3/2017-E.II(B) dated 30th March, 2017.

11. Hindi version will follow.

(Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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