7th Pay Commission: Central govt officials likely to get revised allowances from mid- July
Central government employees are likely to get revised allowance including higher House Rent Allowance (HRA) under the 7th Pay Commission from July 18 onward.
Over 49 lakh central government employees may start getting their revised allowances from that day. The same would be implemented after the pay panel hiked salaries, a report by Financial Express said on Saturday.
The report further added that the exchequer saved Rs 40,000 crore since January 1, 2016 due to the delay in disbursal of revised allowances. However, the government is expected to pay compensation for the loss in employees’ salaries with this ‘generous HRA’ amount. Earlier the Committee on Allowances headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa had suggested capping HRA at 25%-27% as against demands of 30%.
To which the central government employees demanded that the HRA must be left unchanged at 30%, 20% and 10% depending on the city they live in. The report suggested that the government will be ‘generous’ and give more HRA than the one recommended. An upcoming cabinet meeting on Monday is likely to discuss the hike in employees’ salary, for which demands have been made in the range of 157 to 178% HRA rates as …read more