Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Himachal Pradesh announces 4 per cent DA to employees and pensioners

 Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday announced additional Dearness Allowance (DA) to state government employees and pensioners from January 2017 to be paid in October besides announcing a Government Degree College at Jeuri.
Counting the achievements of the state government, he said the state government declared unemployment allowance of Rs 1,000 per month to educated unemployed youth. The youth with disability were being given unemployment allowance of Rs 1,500 per month.
Singh said emoluments of contract employees had been enhanced from 50 to 75 per cent of grade pay and wages of daily wagers had been increased from Rs 150 to Rs 210. He said the government had announced regularisation of contract employees after three years of service besides many other benefits to employees and pensioners.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Update : IBA issued Circular
Click here for D.A. for Officers and staff
Click here for D.R. for Pensioners
Click here for D.A. for pre 1.1.86 retirees
Labour Bureau,Ministry of Labour and Employment,Govt of India,has released , the All India Consumer Price Index Numbers (AICPIN)for Industrial workers(IW) Base 2001=100 for the month of June’17,to day which stood at 280 points with an increase of 2 points while compared to May’17 figure.
                   Thus, the confirmed All India average CPIN(IW) for the  last quarter are as follows:
                 Base 2001=100                    1960=100
April’17        277                                        6322.77                                                           
May’17        278                                         6345.60  
June           280                                         6391.25  
Average  :6353     SLABS 478. Increase 22Slabs (old 456)

                   As such,   Bank workmen / Officers  may have 22 slabs increase in DA payable for next quarter – August’17 to Oct’17.
ie:  47.80% from 45.60% of last quarter.

​Provided by Mohan.P

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) — June, 2017

The All-India CPI-IW for June, 2017 increased by 2 points and pegged at 280 (two hundred and eighty). 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Due Date of Income Tax Return filing extended to 5th August

Due date of filing of Income Tax return has been extended to 5th August for the A.Y. 2017-18.
It is further notified that linkage of Aadhar No. with PAN can be done later but within 31st August, and unless it is linked with PAN, return will not be processed.
Click here for the notification

Sunday, July 30, 2017

File ITR by July 31, no extension proposed: I-T dept

Update on 31 st July : Due date extended. Click here for details
New Delhi, Jul 30 (PTI) The last date for filing of Income Tax Returns (ITRs) for the financial year 2016-17 will not be extended beyond tomorrow's deadline, a top official today said.

"The last date for filing of ITRs remains July 31. There are no plans to extend this deadline. The department has already received over 2 crore returns filed electronically.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Bank Bipartite : 3rd round of Talks with IBA on Wage revision held

The third round of bipartite talks, on wage revision for employees and officers, was held between Indian Banks' Association (IBA) and United Forum of Bank Unions in Mumbai recently where separate sub-committees have been formed to facilitate expeditious discussions on charter of demands put forth by the unions.
All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA) General Secretary Ch Venkatachalam said todaythat IBA was represented by Mr R K Thakkar, Chairman of the Negotiating Committee along with other members of their team and UFBU was represented by leaders of all constituents.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

3rd Pay Commission: CPSE employees get 15% salary hike

Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE) employees will be getting a 15% hike in salaries after the Union Cabinet approved recommendations of the 3rd Pay Commission. 
A government official said that the Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the recommendations made by 3rd Pay Commission for CPSEs and gave a 15% salary hike to employees. 
The salary increase will be effective from January 1, 2017 which means that employees are entitled to arrears for the past six months. 
PTI reported, "The previous commission had given a 37.2% rise in 2007 and the first commission had given between 24% and 30% increase."
This means that the 3rd Pay Commission's recommendations are the lowest so far. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

New Travelling Allowance : O.M. issued - more central officials can now fly on official tour

Dept. of expenditure issued O.M relating to revised travelling for central employees. Earlier Central Officers with earlier Grade Pay of Rs 5400 was entitled to travel by air in official tour.
 In the revised entitlement, Grade Pay of previous regime of Rs 4200/4600 and 4800 (New Level 6, 7 and 8) will also be allowed to travel by air for official tour or training.
Hotel charges kept same as earlier but the new thing is that upto   Level 8, no bill to be produced for reimbursement. The ceiling may be enhanced to Rs 1000 for X class cities with subject to submission of actual hotel bill.
Food charge has been increased and this will be given as lumpsum with submitting any voucher thereof.
 Click here for full details

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Dept. of Expenditure issued HRA and Transport Allowances order for central employees wef 01.07.17

Consequent with the approval and subsequent Gazette Notification< Dept. of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance will come out with orders for implementation of different allowances with effect from 1st July 2017.
At the very beginning of the process, the payment of revised HRA and Transport Allowances order has been issued yesterday.
Click here for the O.M.for HRA
Click her for the order of Transport Allowance

Friday, July 7, 2017

7th Pay Commission : Revised allowance for central staff notified

Around 48 lakh central government employees will see their salaries for July rise as Ministry of Finance has notified the allowances under Seventh Central Pay Commission with 34 modifications. Around 34 lakh civilian employees and 14 lakh defence personnel will be receive their salaries with modified allowance rates.
Click here for the notification

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Madhya Pradesh extends pay commission benefit to employees

Now, like Central government employees, the Madhya Pradesh state government servants too have a big reason to smile as the Shivraj Singh Chouhan led state government has decided to implement the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. This move by the Madhya Pradesh government will benefit about 6.50 lakh state government employees. The decision was taken during a state Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday evening. According to the MP government’s decision, the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission are being implemented in the state with effect from January 1, 2016, an official from the public relation department of the state government said.
The arrears of 7th Pay Commission between the period of January 2016 to June 2017 would be paid in three installments in May every year, beginning from FY 2018-19. It is estimated that the payment of arrears would put a total extra burden of Rs 5,742-crore on the state government. According to an estimate, this decision would bring 14 per cent increase in the present salaries of the state government employees. The official said this would create an additional annual burden of Rs 3,828-crore on the states exchequer. For the remaining period of current financial year, there would be an additional burden of Rs 2,552-crore on the state government.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

AICPIN for May 2017 and probable D.A. from 01.07.17

The official Press Release has been released by the Labour Bureau on its official portal, the index has increased by one point and stands at 278. Expected Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief for Central Government Employees and Pensioners is almost decided to hike by 1 percent with effect from 1st July 2017. The total DA and DR from 1.7.2017 may be revised as 5%.
It may be finally calculated upon the release of index number of June'17 (to be released on 31.07.17) but the trend shows an increase of 1% only.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Cabinet approved revised allowances for central employees

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowances with some modifications. The revised rates of the allowances shall come into effect from 1st July, 2017 and shall affect more than 48 lakh central government employees.

Salient features :
1. No arrears as it would come into effect from 01.07.2017
2. HRA remains @ 24, 16 and 8 % ( As recommended by Pay Commission)
As the HRA at the reduced rates may not be sufficient for employees falling in lower pay bracket, it has been decided that HRA shall not be less than Rs 5400, Rs 3600 and Rs1800 for X, Y and Z category of cities respectively. This floor rate has been calculated @ 30%, 20% and 10% of the minimum pay of Rs18000.
Keeping in view the current inflation trends, the Government has decided that these rates will be revised upwards when DA crosses 25% and 50% respectively.
3. Children Education Allowances enhanced from Rs 1500 p.m. to Rs 2250 p.m.
Hostel Subsidy will also go up from Rs 4500 per month to Rs 6750 per month.
Click here for the PIB Release for details.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

HRA 30% , 27% or 24% ? All eyes on cabinet meet tomorrow

The wait to get clarity on allowances like House Rent Allowance (HRA) and Dearness Allowance (DA) under the 7th Pay Commission may  be over on Wednesday as the Cabinet is likely to convene a meeting and announce its decision. 
One crore Central Government employees and pensioners are waiting for news on their arrears and allowances like HRA and DA. 
The 7th Pay Commission had recommended HRA too be fixed at 24%, 16% and 8% depending on the cities employees work in. 
However, employees were not happy with this increase and demanded 30%, 24% and 16% HRA. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cabinet to take final call on higher allowances, HRA on June 28

The Union Cabinet is expected to take final call on proposals related to higher allowances, including HRA (House Rent Allowance), under the 7th Pay Commission, on June 28. The central government employees are likely to get higher allowances as per the 7th Pay Commission from July. However, the central government employees have been demanding arrears on higher allowances, but the government is in no mood to accept this demand. While the salaries of central government employees have been hiked as per the 7th Pay Commission, revised higher allowances haven’t been paid since July last year.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Bunching Order dated 07.09.2016 to be put on hold – Finmin Instruction

In order to ensure consistency of approach in applying the provisions relating to bunching and to address the queries on various aspects of bunching, it has been decided to issue detailed guidelines on bunching.
Click here for the order

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Suspense on higher allowances continues...cabinet did not take up the issue today

Central government employees will have to wait a while longer for availing benefits of the changed allowance rates as the Union Cabinet did not discuss the matter even in the second meeting this month. The proposals in this regard, which the Cabinet has to take a decision on, were not tabled for deliberation as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is on a trip to South Korea.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Cabinet did not discuss Central employees' allowances

Disappointment least up to next cabinet meeting
The waiting for Central government employees, who are hoping for higher HRA and other allowances, could get a tad longer since the Union Cabinet did not take up the matter for discussion on Wednesday.
The proposals on allowances made by the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) given last year were referred to an expert committee headed by finance secretary Ashok Lavasa who submitted his report in April. The panel had suggested modifications, which were then referred to an Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) for final approval by the Union Cabinet.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Cabinet likely to finalise central govt employees' allowances next week

The Union Cabinet is likely to take a call on the allowance structure of central government employees soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns from his four-nation foreign visit.  This could come to pass on June 7, media reports suggest.
The recommendations of Committee on Allowances, led by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, were to be taken up in a meeting of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) scheduled yesterday (June 1).
Yesterday's meeting focused on House Rent Allowance (HRA) rates. The 7th Central Pay Commission had brought down the HRA to 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively, which had the central government employees miffed.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bihar issues order for pay commission benefit

The revised pay structure shall come into effect notionally from 1st January, 2016. However, the actual payments in the revised pay structure would arise with effect from 1st April, 2017. The revised pay structure will apply to all State government employees who were in service on 1st,January, 2016 and to all new appointments made on or after the said date.
Dearness Allowance shall be payable at the rate of 4% as on 01.04.2 017; and  All other allowances shall continue to be payable at the same levels as before the pay revision. 
Click here for the Pay Revision Order
Click here for the option form
Click here for the statement of fixation

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Shiv Gopal Mishra's latest scoop ! - Believe it or not !!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Central employees to get revised allowances soon

It is reported from sources that the revised allowances to be presented before cabinet for it's approval likely soon, probably by next week. Cabinet may approve it on Wednesday, the 31st. (If not earlier, of course !)
It is also reported that "Allowance Committee" did not suggest any major change in seventh CPC recommendation. It is going to be retained as 24%, 16% and 8% of new basic pay. Only minor changes, details of which are not available with the sources may be effected in the order.
Regarding date of effect, it is most likely that allowances will be revised with retrospective effect from 01.07.2016.
So, let's keep finger crossed !

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Central government employees must wait another week for update on 7th Pay Commission

Central government employees will have to wait for yet another week to receive any update on the revised allowance structure as recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission. The Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) is expected to convene next week to ponder on the recommendations before being presented before the Union Cabinet for their nod.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Bihar Pay commission: cabinet nod for new pay scale for govt employees from 1April

The Bihar cabinet on Tuesday gave its nod to revised pay scales for its employees, pensioners and contractual government school teachers with effect from 1 April 2017.
The decision to grant the revised pay scale and pension will benefit around 3.65 lakh state government employees, 6 lakh pensioners and 3.6 lakh contractual government school teachers of the state, Cabinet Secretariat Department Principal Secretary Brajesh Mehrotra told reporters in Patna.
The state cabinet gave its nod in view of the recommendations of the Bihar State Pay Commission set up under the chairmanship of former Bihar chief secretary G.S Kang, which submitted its report to chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday.
Giving details, principal secretary to the Finance Department Ravi Mittal said the cabinet decided that employees and pensioners would get notional benefit from 1 January 2016 while the financial benefit will accrue to them with effect from 1 April 2017.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Bihar Pay Commission submits report, Nitish govt likely to hike employees’ salaries by 14%

Around 4.5 lakh Bihar government's employees and 3.5 lakh pensioners are likely to get 14 percent hike in salaries after implementation of Bihar state Pay Commission report.
The Bihar Pay Commission headed by former state Chief Secretary G S Kang on Monday submitted its report to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
The state Pay Commission has recommended a 14 percent hike in salary for state government employees and pensioners on the lines of the 7th CPC recommendations for the central government employees and pensioners.

Major announcement on basic pay, HRA, arrears likely today

The representatives of the central government employees are expected to meet the Finance Ministry officials to seek update on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission. At the meeting, the union leaders are likely to raise the issue of house rent allowance (HRA) and arrears on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission. It is believed some major announcement would be made on basic pay, HRA and arrears on allowances under the 7th Pay Commission. The delegation of the union leaders are also expected to discuss hike in basic pay under the 7th Pay Commission.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Link Aadhar with PAN

With effect from 1st July 2017, PAN must be linked with Aadhar No. to file the return of income unless the taxpayer is
  (i) residing in the States of Assam, Jammu and Kashmir and Meghalaya;
 (ii) a non-resident as per the Income-tax Act, 1961;
 (iii) of the age of eighty years or more at any time during the previous year; 
 (iv) not a citizen of India
These persons if not possess the Aadhaar number or the Enrolment ID are exempted from the ambit of section 139AA.
Click here to link your Aadhar No. with PAN. It is simple and does not require any registration of log in in efiling website.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Cabinet approves modification in pension for Central pensioners / family pensioners

The actual quantum of hike or the revised calculation procedure has not been made public yet. We have to wait for issuance of proper O.M. in this regard.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved important proposals relating to modifications in the 7th CPC (Central Pay Commission) recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits in the course of their implementation. Earlier, in June, 2016, the Cabinet had approved implementation of the recommendations with an additional financial outgo of Rs 84,933 crore for 2016-17 (including arrears for 2 months of 2015-16).

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

IBA invites bank unions for wage revision talks

The Indian Banks' Association ( IBA) has invited the bank unions for initiating the negotiations for the next wage settlement in the banking industry.
Talks between IBA and the bank unions under the banner of United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) are to be held at Mumbai on May 2, according to C H Venkatachalam, General Secretary of the All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA).

Bank D.A. reduced by 13 slabs for May - July 2017

D.A. for Bank employees going to be decreased by 13 slabs compared to last quarter.The rate of dearness allowance payable to officers and workmen for the month of May, June and July 2017 will be 45.60% of pay.
Click here for IBA circular

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Govt. Press Release on allowance report

The Committee on Allowances headed by Shri Ashok Lavasa, Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure) submitted its Report to the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley yesterday; The Report will be now placed before the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) to firm-up the proposal for approval of the Cabinet. 

Lavasa panel suggests changes in allowances, Govt Press release confirmed it.

The Lavasa Committee has suggested modifications in some allowances applicable universally to all employees and also for those in specific categories, including railways and defence, after examining the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

The Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa-led Committee on Allowances, which was constituted by the government to examine the Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommendations on allowances, had submitted its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley yesterday.
"Modifications have been suggested in some allowances which are applicable universally to all employees as well as certain other allowances which apply to specific employee categories such as railwaymen, postal employees, scientists, defence forces personnel, doctors, nurses etc," the finance ministry said in a statement today.
Click here to view PIB Press Release

Friday, April 28, 2017

"Allowance committee kept HRA unchanged - 30/20/10 percent" -Sources

The 10-month long wait of central government employees and pensioners for allowances is about to end as the Narendra Modi government is expected to  announce a maximum HRA hike of up to 178 percent for them soon.
A high-level committee headed by the Finance Secretary, Ashok Lavasa, on Thursday submitted its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
If sources are to be believed, the committee on allowances has given its view in favour of employees by recommending against altering the existing HRA rates.
One of the major concerns for employees was the Seventh Pay Commission recommendation, regarding decrease in house rent allowance (HRA) by 2-6 percent depending on type of cities.
The report will now be examined by the empowered committee of secretaries and following that it will be placed before the Cabinet.

West Bengal declared holiday on 10th May for Buddha Purnima under NI Act

"In partial modification of this Department Notification No.1116-F[P2] dated 22.02.2017 read with Notification No. 5606-F(P2) dated 27.10.2016 the Governor is pleased to declare 10th May, 2017(Wednesday), as a Public holiday on account of 'BUDDHA PURNIMA' under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881."
View the order

Fitment Committee likely to submit report to Odisha govt today

With the extended deadline for submission of the report by the Fitment Committee for implementation of the recommendation of 7th Pay Commission for Odisha government employees ending today, the latter are hopeful that the panel would submit its draft report to the government tomorrow which would bring good tidings for them.
The Fitment Committee is likely to meet tomorrow to finalize on its draft report.
“We have identified the issues connected to HR, management and all. We have identified some issue also. It’s a process. We have already had a meeting recently. We are planning to have a meeting tomorrow also. Future course of action you will come to know when we do it,” said R Balakrishna Development Commissioner and Chairman of the Fitment Committee.
Following acceptance of the draft report of the Fitment Committee by the Cabinet, employees will receive hiked salary.

Finance Minister meets Expenditure Secy on Central employees allowance

It is learnt from All India Railwaymen's Federation, Finance Minister is busy with a meeting with Secretary of Expenditure regarding Lavasa Committe report on allowances for Central Govt. employees.
It may be mentioned that Lavasa committee has submitted it's report to Finance Ministry yesterday though content of the report has not been made public yet.
Click here to view details as available in the media

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Allowance committee finally submitted report

New Delhi, Apr 27 (PTI) A high-level committee headed by the Finance Secretary submitted today its report on allowances to 47 lakh government employees to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
The Ashok Lavasa Committee was constituted in June last year after the government implemented the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.
The pay panel had recommended abolition of or subsuming of allowances like acting, assisting cashier, cycle, condiment, flying squad, haircutting, rajbhasha, rajdhani, robe, shoe, shorthand, soap, spectacle, uniform, vigilance and washing.
After submitting the report to Jaitley, Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa said the committee has taken into account representations made by various stakeholders.
The report will now be examined by the empowered committee of secretaries and following that it will be placed before the Cabinet, he said.
Out of total 196 allowances, it had recommended abolition of 52 and subsuming of another 36 into larger existing ones.
The commission had recommended hiking the HRA in the range of 8-24 per cent.
If the pay commission recommendations on allowances are implemented fully, then as per estimates the cost to the exchequer will be Rs 29,300 crore.
Lavasa said the government will take the final call on the date of payout of revised allowances to government employees.

4 per cent DA hike for Bihar employees, pensioners

Patna, Apr 27 (PTI) The Bihar Cabinet today increased the dearness allowance (DA) of state government employees, pensioners and family pensioners by four per cent.

They would now get a total DA of 136 per cent instead of the existing 132 per cent, cabinet secretariat department Principal Secretary Brajesh Mehrotra said.

The DA would be given to the employees with effect from January 1 this year, Mehrotra told reporters here in a post cabinet briefing.

"7th Pay Commission: Will Committee on Allowances submit its report today?" - Zee News Report

The wait for higher allowances like Dearness Allowance (DA) and House Rent Allowance (HRA) for nearly 1 crore government employees and pensioners might be near its end as the Ashok Lavasa-led Committee on Allowances like likely to submit its report as part of the 7th Pay Commission to the Finance Ministry on Thursday. 
The cause of delay have been many but media reports said that the Committee on Allowances will submit its report on allowances to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley once he returns from his US visit on Thursday. 

Tamil Nadu announces 4% D.A.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday announced four per cent hike in dearness allowance for 18 lakh employees, pensioners and family pensioners of the State government with retrospective effect from January 1.
The move would cost the exchequer an additional expenditure of Rs 986.77 crore. The government, had on December 15, 2016, given seven per cent DA hike to its staff.
The announcement follows the Central Government’s decision to hike DA for its employees who have not received the revised pay scale with effect from January 1, 2016.  

Monday, April 24, 2017

New date on gossip - "Allowance Committee to submit report on 27th April!"

Has the wait for higher allowances for the central government finally over? The allowance committee is likely to submit its recommendations under 7th Pay Commission by Thursday to Finance Ministry, a media report said.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will be returning to India from his official trip to United States and Russia on Thursday. Thus, this is when the allowance committee planning to submit the recommendations report, as reported by The Sen Times. 
However, the government has not given any official confirmation regarding the submission of the report. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Seventh Pay Review Commission for implementing the recommendations in Education Institutes submits its report to HRD Ministry

Press release from Ministry of HRD
Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar has assured the teacher fraternity and staff of Education Institutions, University and Colleges of getting justice in their remuneration related matters. Addressing media persons here in New Delhi, the Minister said the Seventh Pay Review Commission for implementing the recommendations in educational institute, University and Colleges has submitted its report to the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Accordingly, a Committee headed by Secretary Higher Education has been constituted. The Committee will have officials from Finance Ministry and other relevant offices and it will submit its final recommendations which will go to Cabinet.

Shri Prakash Javadekar hoped that the Professors, Staff and every individual in education sector will definitely get benefited. He said ‘those who had some doubt whether government is moving or not in this direction, let me dispel their doubts that we have already started action and soon they will get good news’. He further urged the education fraternity to try more vigorously to improve the quality of education at all levels and concentrate on study, examination and assessment work.

DoPT denies Media News about extension of working hours of Central Government employees

Press Release from Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Government of India
"The attention is drawn to the media news about extension of working hours of Central Government employees by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India. It has been stated in the news item that Central Government employees’ working hours will be changed from 09.00 AM to 07.00 PM. It was also stated that the holiday of Saturday will also be done away with for the Central Government employees.

In this regard, the DoPT clarifies that there is no such proposal under consideration of the Central Government. The media news regarding the extension of working hours and abolition of holiday on Saturday for Central Government employees is false and baseless. There is no oral or unwritten order issued in this regard."

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Report on allowance hike delayed by one more week, likely to be submitted by April 18
 In a major disappointment to more than 47 lack central government employees, the final report of the Ashok Lavasa committee will be announced only after another week of delay. The report, that is meant to revise the current allowances paid to all central government employees, will now be released only after 4-5 days.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Conclusive meeting of the Committee on Allowances held on 6th April, 2017

Shiva Gopal Mishra

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National Council (Staff Side)
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Dated: April 7, 2017

All Constituents of NC/JCM(Staff Side),

Dear Comrades!
Sub: Conclusive meeting of the Committee on Allowances

As you are aware, conclusive meeting of the Committee on Allowances was held yesterday, i.e. on 6th April, 2017. We hope that, report of the said committee will be submitted to the Cabinet within a week’s time.

Comradely yours,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

Dearness Relief for Central Pensioners : Order issued

Dearness Relief admissible to central Govt. Pensioners / Family Pensioners shall be enhanced from existing 2% to 4% with effect from 01.01.2017.
Download the order

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Allowance committee meeting tomorrow.

It is informed by the Secretary, Staff Side(JCM), Sri S.G.Mishra, that, meeting of the Committee on Allowances will be held on 06.04.2017. Probably this may the conclusive meeting.
Central Govt. employees are eagerly waiting for the revised allowances and the date of effect. Different media report earlier indicated that Govt. will take a final call in this month. It is widely anticipated that revised allowances will come with  arrears but the date of effect may be from 01.01.2016 or 01.07.2016.
Some media reports are also optimistic of upward revision of HRA to 30, 20 and 10%.

Monday, April 3, 2017

All India Consumer Price Index for February 2017

The All-India CPI-IW for February, 2017 remained stationary at 274 (two hundred and seventy four). On 1-month percentage change, it remained static between January, 2017 and February, 2017,

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Government to announce revised allowances as per 7th Pay Commission in April

Central government employees may be in for some good news this April as revised allowances including house rent allowance (HRA) are likely to be announced after April 12, when the ongoing Budget session of Parliament gets over, reports The Financial Express.

The panel, headed by the Finance Secretary, will hold its final meeting very soon and is on the verge of giving final touches to the allowances which have been reworked in accordance with the 7th Pay Panel’s recommendations.
The panel meeting which took place on Wednesday to mull over the subject lasted for more than three hours. It seems employees in metro cities are in for a bigger cheer as sources suggest that the panel was considering to make HRA a little more generous than the CPC’s award.

Central D.A. from 01.01.2017 : Order issued

Ministry of Finance issued O.M. for grant of Dearness Allowance for Central Govt. employees from 2% to 4% with effect from 01st January 2017.
Click here to download the order

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cabinet may decide higher allowances for central employees tomorrow

Hike in HRA ?
As per media report (Zee Business), cabinet likely to take a call on higher allowances in the next cabinet meeting scheduled tomorrow (23/03/17).
Committee on Allowances, headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, has already submitted the report on higher allowance to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the source said.
The report submitted to Finance Minister mentioned that HRA should be paid according to the 6th Pay Commission report. - Sources revealed.
Source : Zee Business

Friday, March 17, 2017

Media Report : Meeting on Higher Allowance and National Pension Scheme today, major announcement awaited

Several senior officials on union cabinet are likely to meet members of panel over Higher Allowance and National Pension Scheme (NPS) on Friday that was constituted a day after the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations, said Shiv Gopal Mishra, the chief secretary of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), a joint body of unions representing the central government employees in large numbers. The committee on higher allowance is also likely to make a major announcement on Friday after they have submitted its report to the government. A day after 7th Pay Commission’s recommendation was implemented by the Union Government, several ministers had met Shiv Gopal Mishra and had assured him that his plea on increasing the higher allowances will be heard.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cabinet approves additional 2% Dearness Allowance / Dearness Relief due from January, 2017

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved release of an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2017. It has increased by 2% over the existing rate of 2% of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise. 

This increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission. 

The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief would be Rs. 5,857.28 crore per annum and Rs.6,833.50 crore in the Financial Year 2017-18 (for a period of 14 months from January, 2017 to February, 2018). 

This will benefit about 48.85 lakh Central Government employees and 55.51 lakh pensioners. 

Nationwide strike of central Govt. employees tomorrow

Friday, March 10, 2017

"Allowance committee did not submit report yet " - Govt reply in Loksabha

"The Committee on Allowances has been constituted vide order dated 22.07.2016. The Committee is to examine the recommendations of the 7th CPC in regard to various allowances having regard to the representations made by the Staff Associations and the suggestions of the concerned Ministries/Departments and make recommendations as to whether any changes in the recommendations of the 7th CPC are warranted and if so, in what form."
"The Committee has not submitted its report to the Government. The deliberations of the Committee are in the final stages. Decisions on implementing the Report will be taken after the Report is submitted by the Committee."

Lavasa Committee yet to finalize report
A panel headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa and tasked with examining the 7th Pay Commission’s (7th CPC) recommendations on allowances has been unable to reach a conclusion in its last scheduled meeting last Friday. It will now have a few more meetings before submitting its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Business Standard has learnt.

In late June last year, after implementing the CPC proposals on salary and pension for the central government’s 4.7 million employees, Jaitley had announced the Lavasa panel would examine the suggestions on allowances. It had time till October to give the report but this got delayed. The decision on allowances was postponed because the CPC wanted a number of these to be abolished or subsumed. Employee unions were opposed.

“There were no conclusive decisions taken at the meeting last Friday. There will be some more meetings. For now, the panel is not ready to give its report to the Finance Minister,” said a senior government official aware of the developments.

It was earlier reported that the panel would submit its recommendations to the government’s political leadership soon and the Centre could announce revised allowances any time after March 11, the day of counting the votes for the five Assembly polls, and probably before the second half of the Budget Session of Parliament ends. That timeline now seems doubtful.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

All eyes on FM for announcement on higher allowances for central employees

With the second part of the Budget session in Parliament starting today, all eyes are on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who may just announce a hike in allowances for Central government employees.
The Committee on Allowances has already submitted its report to the Finance Ministry in which it has reviewed the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission on allowances.
The Committee under Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa is believed to have suggested that the house rent allowance be kept as it is and not brought down as recommended by the Seventh Pay Commission.
The pay hike under the Seventh Pay Commission has been the lowest in the last 70 years and a decrease in allowances is unlikely to go down well with nearly 50 lakh government employees.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) — January, 2017

The All-India CPI-IW for January, 2017 decreased by 1 point and stood at 274 (two hundred and seventy four)
Central D.A. from January 2017 :
As predicted earlier, Central Govt. employees to get D.A. @ 2% with effect from January 2017. Hence the total D.A. payable will be 4%. Of course formal announcement is awaited, which may take place likely in later part of this month.

Report of 3rd Pay Revision Committee for CPSEs

Grade / Level          Pre-revised                 Revised
                             w.e.f. 1.1.2007            w.e.f. 1.1.2017 
                                Min. Max.                Min. Max.
 Below Board Level Executives: 
E0                   12600 - 32500             30000 - 120000 
E1                   16400 - 40500             40000 - 140000 
E2                   20600 - 46500             50000 - 160000 
E3                   24900 - 50500             60000 - 180000 
E4                   29100 - 54500             70000 - 200000 
E5                   32900 - 58000             80000 - 220000 
E6                   36600 - 62000             90000 - 240000 
Board Level Executives:
 Director (Sch-D) 43200 - 66000        100000 - 260000
 CMD (Sch-D) 51300 - 73000             120000 - 280000
Click here for fullReport of 3rd Pay Revision Committee for CPSEs

Monday, February 27, 2017

Rajasthan appoints panel on 7th Pay Commission

The Rajasthan government has appointed a three-member committee, headed by former Chief Secretary D.C. Samant, to study and implement the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission for employees in the State.The committee, which will have two retired Rajasthan Accounts Service officers as its members, has been asked to make an estimate of financial burden on the exchequer and recommend new pay scales for the government employees. It will submit its report to the State government in three months.
According to official sources, another mandate of the committee is to make suggestions for revising and fixing various allowances payable with different salary slabs. Besides Mr. Samant, the panel's members are D.K. Mittal and M.P. Dixit.

Government Decision On Allowances Likely Soon : NDTV

Unconfirmed sources reveal that the report has already been submitted.
"The government could soon decide on the Ashok Lavasa committee's recommendations over allowances, including HRA or housing rent allowance, related to Seventh Pay Commission, a top official of employee union said. M.Raghavaiah, leader of the staff side at Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) or the joint body of unions, said the employee representatives held final round of discussions with the members of Ashok Lavasa committee over allowances including HRA on February 22. The joint body of unions has been firm on its demand over HRA and want arrears of all allowances to be paid from January 1, 2016, said Mr Raghavaiah, who is leader of National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR).

The unions have demanded HRA 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 Seventh Pay Commission had also recommended that the rate of HRA be revised to 27 per cent, 18 per cent and 9 per cent respectively when DA crosses 50 per cent, and further revised to 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent when DA crosses 100 per cent."

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tamil Nadu forms panel to to extend pay benefit to employees

  • The panel comprises finance, home, school education and labour secretaries besides a member-secretary.
  • The panel has to submit its report to the government before June 30
  • There are 18 lakh govt employees and several lakhs of teachers, pensioners and family pensioners in TN
The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday constituted a five-member committee to implement the 7th Pay Commission recommendations for the benefit of more than 18 lakh government employees and several lakhs of teachers, pensioners and family pensioners.
Click here for the G.O. on Committee formation

"Allowance report to be submitted today" - Union leader

Proving all earlier reports wrong, the committee for higher allowances for central Govt. employees yet to submit it's report.
Now NJCA Chairman Mr Shiv Gopal Mishra predicts the report to be submitted today. As today has been the last date of the extended tenure of the committee, he may have predicted this before media!
Here is the recent media report from published on 21.02.2017
“Government has made no announcement yet. But the report by Committee on allowances would be tabled tomorrow,” Shiv Gopal Mishra said, while speaking exclusively to On being asked whether the government would make an announcement in relation to the arrears on allowances, he replied, “Let us see what comes out of the report. We are expecting the hike in allowances, as per our demands. We have to wait and see whether the government makes an announcement on arrears as well.”
"Although the government provided arrears on basic pay while hiking the salaries on July 1, indications have been made that no arrears would be released on allowances. NJCA has confirmed that the employee unions would launch protest across the nation if the allowances are hiked, without the arrears. “Arrears are unlikely, but protests would be launched if they fail to release (the arrears),” Mishra said.
The date of allowances hike is reported to be April 1. NJCA claims, through its sources, that the government would be implementing the allowance hike from April 1. “It is most likely that the government announces the hike by April 1,” Mishra confirmed.

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