7th Pay Commission: Latest news and updates on Allowances
The government has issued an order relating to Constant Attendant Allowance following the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission. Various other orders with regard to allowances and the pay level upgradation have also been issued by the union government.
Enhancement of Constant Attendant Allowance:
At present Constant Attendant Allowance (CAA) is Granted to pensioners who retired on disability pension under the CCS(Extraordinary Pension) Rules 1939, with 100% disability (where the individual is completely dependent on somebody else for day-to-day function). The Constant Attendant Allowance is paid in addition to the disability pension. The present rate of Constant Attendant Allowance admissible is Rs.4500/- per month. Constant Attendant Allowance Enhanced in 7th Pay Commission.
Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on Allowances, Government has accepted the recommendations to increase the Constant Attendant Allowance by a factor 1.5, ie. to Rs.6750/- per month. Accordingly, sanction of the President is hereby conveyed for enhancement of the amount of Constant Attendant Allowance from the existing Rs.4500/- to Rs.6750/- per month. These orders will take effect from 01.07.2017.
Allowance on haircutting
Finance Minister of India, Arun Jaitley said that the pay panel had recommended, inter-alia, that Haircutting Allowance and Soap Toilet Allowance admissible to Personnel Below Officer’s Rank of Defence Forces, as components of Composite Personal Maintenance Allowance(CPMA), should be increased by 50%. The Government has accepted these recommendations with effect from 1st July, 2017. The Committee on Allowances was set up in July, 2016, to examine the recommendations pertaining to allowances.
Upgradation of posts
A proposal for up-gradation of posts of Statistical Investigator Grade II/Junior Statistical Officer and Statistical Investigator Grade I/Senior Statistical Officer in Subordinate Statistical Service (SSS) cadre has been received from Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. The pay panel had not made any such specific recommendation. However. it was mentioned that there was a need to streamline the Statistical Cadres existing in various departments under the Central Government under unified Model Recruitment Rules laying down the educational qualifications, job responsibilities and pay structure of the Statistical Cadre posts. This will ensure uniformity and remove avoidable anomalies in pay structure amongst similar/identical Statistical Cadre posts in various departments. The Commission accordingly recommended that the Government may look into this aspect in its entirety.
While approving the 7th Pay Commission recommendations relating to pay and pension on 29.06.2016, the Government had also approved that recommendations not relating to pay, pension and allowances and other administrative issues specific to Departments/Cadres/Posts will be examined by the Ministries/Departments concerned. Accordingly, issues relating to streamlining of Statistical Cadres under Unified Model Recruitment Rules including pay structure are to be addressed in its entirety by the Government.