New Delhi, April 2: The Committee on Allowance headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa on Thursday submitted its final report on “minimum wage” and “higher allowances” to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The reports have been submitted after a 10-month long delay which has upset a large number of Central Government employees who were eagerly waiting for the implementation of higher allowances recommended by the 7th Pay Commission. A top union official while speaking to India.com said, that the Lavasa committee in its recommendations has suggested increasing Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000 per month.
The source further added that the Lavasa Committee had also suggested to enhances pay grade of nurses working under the payroll of central government from Rs 4,600 to Rs 5,400. The nurses federation had also called a nationwide strike next month demanding the same. The source further added that the committee had also suggested increasing uniform allowance of nurses but was not sure about the amount.
Earlier this year nurses working at All India Medical Institute of Science (AIIMS) had demanded to increase their nursing allowance to Rs 7,800 and this proposal has already been sent to the Health Ministry for consideration.
The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) a joint body of unions representing central government employees have kept forward their demands to enhance monthly medical allowance of Rs 2,000 under the 7th Pay Commission. These demands were kept forward by NJCA convenor Shiv Gopal Mishra who had met Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa on March 28. Also Read – 7th Pay Commission Allowance news: ‘Committee on Allowance’ submits its report to FM Arun Jaitley, major announcement expected
The 7th Pay Commission had recommended the abolition of or subsuming of, allowances like acting, cycle, condiment, flying squad, haircutting, assisting cashier, rajbhasha, rajdhani, robe, shoe, shorthand, soap, spectacle, uniform, vigilance and washing.
After the report have been submitted to Arun Jaitley, Lavasa committee said that they have 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 Union Cabinet, news agency PTI quoted Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa.
According to a report, if the 7th Pay Commission recommendations on allowances are implemented fully, then as per estimates the cost to the exchequer will be Rs 29,300 crore.