The Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) is planning to conduct a meeting this week, and the central government employees are excited and hoping to hear good news. Ashok Lavasa-led Committee on Allowances submitted the review report on Seventh Pay Commission to Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister almost a month ago. But there is no official confirmation about when the meeting will take place. As per the media reports the meeting date got fixed to be tomorrow itself. Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha and Home Affairs officials, Personnel and Training, Health and Family Welfare, Railways and Post might also attend this meeting.
- Arrears and basic pay are likely to get increased this time.
- After the approval of Ecos, suggestions by Ashok Lavasa committee will be sent to Union Cabinet.
- Narendra Modi government gave the task of reviewing the recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission to Ashok Lavasa committee.
- The Seventh Pay Commission suggested of making 52 of the 196 allowances for the Central government employees. Also, 36 allowances got merged into bigger ones.
- The Seventh Pay Commission did not go down well with Central government employees, and the House Rent Allowance (HRA) got reduced by 2-6% based on the city category.
- Ashok Lavasa Panel submitted the missing deadlines to Arun Jaitley and believed to have backed employees in their demand, and the HRA rates remain constant.
- More than 50 lakh Central Government employees will get benefitted by this revision