On April 6, the committee has held a conclusive meeting, as reported by the leading news house. For abolition of 53 allowances out of the total 196, the committee has been tasked to examine the 7th Pay Commission recommendation and also subsuming another 36 into larger existing ones.
The Lavasa committee in its previous meeting held on March 28 on treatment of 14 allowances, sought comments from the railway ministeries and defence ministries, the report added. Ghat allowance, trip allowance, outstation detention allowance and accidental allowance are some that are included in the allowances.
Previously the 7th Pay Commission for the Class X, Y and Z, had recommended fixing the rate of HRA (house rent allowance) at 24%, 16% and 8% of the basic pay. It had also recommended the rate of HRA be revised to 27%, 18% and 9% respectively, whenever DA crosses 50%, as per the report. Similarly when the DA crosses 100% it should be revised to 30%, 20% and 10%.
While the Pay Commission had also recommended abolition of allowances like cycle, condiment, assisting cashier, acting, haircutting, flying squad, rajdhani, rajbhasha, shoe, robe, soap, uniform, vigilance, shorthand, washing, spectacle and vigilance, as per the report.
Over 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners will benefit by final recommendation on allowances. After the government implemented the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission the Lavasa Committee was constituted in June last year.
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