7th Pay Commission: Lavasa panel might give report to FM today
late June last year, after implementing the CPC proposals on salary
and pension, Jaitley had announced the Lavasa panel would examine the
suggestions on allowances. It had time till October but the report
got delayed -- the CPC wanted a number of the allowances to be
abolished or subsumed, while employee unions were opposed.
of the allowances the CPC had suggested be done away or subsumed were
an acting allowance, assisting cashier allowance, cycle allowance,
condiment allowance, entertainment allowances for the cabinet
secretary, flying squad allowance, haircutting allowance, rajbhasha
allowance, rajdhani allowance, robe allowance, secret allowance, shoe
allowance, shorthand allowance, soap toilet allowance, spectacle
allowance, Sunderban allowance, uniform allowance, vigilance
allowance and washing allowance.
196 allowances, the CPC report had recommended abolition of 52 and
subsuming of another 36 into larger existing ones. A deferment on
revising of allowances meant that as opposed to a burden of Rs 1.02
lakh crore as envisaged by the CPC, the government had provisioned
for Rs 84,933 crore in 2016-17 for pay and pension, including Rs
12,000 crore in arrears.
are other recommendations on allowances the panel is examining. These
include a change in the present system of accounting, wherein pay and
allowances are clubbed. The CPC recommended a separate object head
for budgeting and accounting be used to record the expenditure.