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Travel entitlements of Government Employees for the purpose of LTC post 7th Central Pay Commission

Travel entitlements of Government Employees for the purpose of LTC post 7th Central Pay Commission
Government Of India
Ministry Of Communication
Department Of Posts
(Establishment Division)/PAP Section
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi - 110 001
Dated, the 05 Oct., 2017

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Sub: Travel entitlements of Government Employees for the purpose of LTC post Seventh Central Pay Commission - clarification reg.

I am directed to forward herewith the copy of extract of clarification on Travel Entitlements of Government Employees for the purpose of LTC post Seventh Central Pay Commission on the above subject for the purpose of LTC issued by Department of personnel & training Office Memorandum No.31011/8/2017-Estt.(A-IV) dated 19th September, 2017 downloaded from the official website of Department of Personnel & Training for kind information and further necessary action in this regard.

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7th Pay Commission - Government Hikes Dress Allowance for Diplomats, SPG Officers

7th Pay Commission - Government Hikes Dress Allowance for Diplomats, SPG Officers

The dress allowance given to diplomats and elite Special Protection Group (SPG) officers, entrusted with the security of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former prime ministers and their families, have been hiked considerably on the recommendations of 7th pay commission.

The move comes on the recommendation of the Seventh Pay Commission. SPG officers during operational duties would get Rs.27,800 annually and on non-operational work would get Rs.21,225 a year as dress allowance, according to an official order.

Before the implementation of the 7th pay commission recommendation, the officers were getting Rs.9,000 annually as uniform allowance. The SPG guards Modi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, her children Rahul and Priyanka, among others.

The pay commission had in its report recommended an annual grant of Rs.10,000 as dress allowance. The panel's report was examined by a Committee on Allowances headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa. The Seventh Central Pay Commission examined 196 allowances given to various categories of central government employees.

"Outfit allowance, paid to Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officers and employees will continue to be provided as before, is enhanced by 50%," the order issued recently by the finance ministry said. The IFS officers were getting Rs.5,625 to Rs.10,625 per posting abroad, depending on their grade, as uniform allowance.

The uniform allowance given to all categories of employees was recommended to be abolished as a separate grant by the pay commission, that had recommended it is subsumed in the newly-proposed dress allowance. Officers of the Indian Army, Air Force, Navy, central armed police forces, central police organisations and coast guards would get a dress allowance of Rs.20,000 per year.

Except for the Navy and the Coast Guard, other officers were getting an initial annual allowance of Rs.21,000 and a renewal grant of Rs.4,500 (payable every three years). Those in the Navy and the Coast Guard were entitled for an initial grant of Rs.24,000 and then Rs.7,500 (payable every three years).

Military Nursing Service officers and those in Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli Police Service (DANIPS) would get Rs.15,000 annually as dress allowance. The MNS and the DANIPS officers were getting initial grants of Rs.10,500 and Rs.7,200 respectively. They were also entitled for renewal grants of Rs2,250 and Rs.3,000 respectively (payable every three years).

Executive staff of customs, Indian Corporate Law Service officers, legal officers in National Investigation Agency, Bureau of Immigration personnel in Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Amritsar, Kolkata and all other foreigners entry checkpoints, among others, would get Rs.10,000 every year as the dress allowance. These were getting initial grants between Rs.1,500 and Rs.2,000 and then replacement grants between Rs.1,000 and Rs.1,250 per annum, depending on their post.

Other categories of staff who were supplied uniforms and were required to wear them regularly like trackmen, running staff of the Indian Railways and staff car drivers among others would get Rs.5,000 annually. Nurses would get Rs.1,800 per month as the dress allowance. They were getting Rs.750 per month. Allowances related to maintenance, washing of uniform are subsumed in dress allowance and will not be payable separately, it said.

"The amount of dress allowance shall be credited to the salary of employees directly once a year in the month of July," the order said, adding that the new charges take effect from 1 July, 2017. The rates of dress allowance would go up by 25% each time the Dearness Allowance rises by 50%.

The clothing allowance, kit maintenance allowance, washing allowance, robe allowance, robe maintenance allowance, outfit allowance, shoe allowance and uniform allowance given to select categories of employees were recommended by the pay panel to be abolished as a separate grant, and be subsumed in the dress allowance.

Source: Livemint

7th Pay Commission: Government mulling over hike in pay without arrears

7th Pay Commission: Government mulling over hike in pay without arrears
Government is mulling an increase in the hike in pay to central government employees beyond 7th pay commission recommendations, a top Finance Ministry official, who did not wish to be named told The Sen Times here today.

Government will come out with a decision in this regard soon after consulting finance experts and weighing its pros and cons, he said.

Government is now considering to make only pay hike for its employees.

"The financial advisers of the government believe it could be tough to give arrears of the hike in pay as the government has been worried after the April-June GDP growth slipped to a three-year low of 5.7 percent but government believes it will bounce back in the second quarter. Among others, it observed that this year's fiscal math is already stressed as public spending was front-loaded to offset slower private sector participation and cushion the impact of GST roll-out", he revealed.

"All round development is possible only hike in basic pay with fitment factor 3.00 and minimum pay will be raised to Rs 21,000," he said.

The 7th Pay Commission, led by Justice A K Mathur, earlier proposed minimum basic pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum basic pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh, which have been paid with arrears, effective from January 1, 2016.

The central government employees unions had expressed their dissatisfaction over the inadequate hike in basic pay in accordance to the pay panel recommendations.

They are demanding for hiking minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and the and asked to raising fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times.

Stating that National Anomaly Committee (NAC) headed by Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has been formed under pressure in September, 2016 to look into pay anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations, the official said, "The NAC meeting is likely to be held in October to confirm to hike the basic pay with fitment factor 3.00."

Pointing out that the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had promised to hike minimum pay after discussions with all stakeholders, he said, "government has made active efforts to fulfill the same".
The proposal of hike in pay is likely to be sent to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley from NAC, after which it will be placed before the cabinet. Official believes it will come into effect within January' 2018.


UGC Committee on 7th Pay Committee to hike salaries of Teaching Staff: College, university teachers plan protests

UGC Committee on 7th Pay Committee to hike salaries of Teaching Staff: College, university teachers plan protests
Demand implementation of pay hike recommendations
Many college and university teachers across States are planning to protest the non-implementation of the recommendations of the University Grants Commission's (UGC) committee on the Seventh Pay Committee to hike salaries of teaching staff in line with the hikes Central government employees received last year.

At its national executive meet here on Sunday, the All-India Federation of University and College Teachers' Organisations (AIFUCTO) - which has a presence in about 400 State universities across India - decided to engage in non-cooperation with university and college administrations across India from November 13 to 18.

At a conference to be held in Pune from December 18 to 20, delegates may decide to go on indefinite strike.

The pay committee's recommendations came sometime back and most sticking points have been resolved, according to officials of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). However, they have not been sent to the Cabinet for its nod for months.

Shun work
"Since the festival season is in October, we will protest from November. From November 13 to 18, teachers will shun all administrative work. They are often appointed as proctors, rectors or controllers of examinations. We are giving a call to them to not perform their administrative duties for five days. Also, on November 15, there will be a sit-in dharna. They will not take classes on this day," Arun Kumar, secretary general of AIFUCTO, told The Hindu after the meet.

On November 30, the organisation will hold a one-day protest at the university level across India, in which teachers will hand over charters of their demands to Vice Chancellors of universities.

Read at: The Hindu

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