The members of 7th pay commission allowance committee and employee representatives are likely to hold discussions tomorrow (Tuesday), a top union official told NDTV. Shiv Gopal Mishra, the convenor of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), said employee representatives are likely to hold another round of meeting with the Ashok Lavasa committee, which is looking into 7th pay commission allowances. The National Joint Council of Action or NJCA is a joint body of unions representing central government employees. The committee on 7th pay commission allowances may submit its report after discussions with employee representatives, Mr Mishra added.
Earlier this month, the government had clarified that the allowance committee on 7th pay commission has not yet submitted its report. Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal said the government will decide on the implementation on 7th pay commission allowances after the report is submitted by the committee.
With regard to allowances, employee unions have demanded HRA (house rent allowance) at the rate of 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent. The Seventh Pay Commission had recommended that HRA be paid at the rate of 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent of the new basic pay, depending on type of cities.
The government had in June accepted the recommendation of Justice AK Mathur-headed Seventh Pay Commission in respect of the hike in basic pay and pension. But the Seventh Pay Commission's suggestions relating to allowances were referred to the Ashok Lavasa committee. The Seventh Pay Commission had examined a total of 196 existing allowances and, by way of rationalisation, recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming of 37 allowances.
Employee representatives are also likely to hold further rounds of discussions with another panel that is looking into NPS or National Pension Scheme, Mr Mishra added. Employee representatives earlier this month held a round of discussions with the NPS panel members, the top union official said. The government has constituted a separate committee for suggesting measures for streamlining the implementation of National Pension System (NPS).