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Friday, April 28, 2017

Final report has now been submitted by Ashok Lavasa to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley



New Delhi, April 28: On Thursday evening ‘Committee on Allowance’ submitted its final report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. For 43 lakh central government employees and 57 lakh pensioners the 10-month long wait is finally over as the Narendra Modi government is all set to take a final call on ‘higher allowances’ and many other allowances under the 7th Pay Commission in next few days. According to a Zee News report, the Narendra Modi government is expected to announce a maximum House Rent Allowance (HRA) hike of up to 178 per cent for Central Government employees. There are also high chances that the Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) can be increased from Rs 500 to Rs 2000 per month, a source within the employees union said to India.com on condition of anonymity.

A high-level committee headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa was appointed last year in June after the recommendations made by the 7th Pay Commission was implemented. The committee was given a task to submit its reports on allowances and minimum wage, which had become a concern for a large number of central government employees.

According to sources of Zee News, the Lavasa committee on allowances has given its view in favour of employees by not recommending against altering the existing HRA rates. Also Read – 7th Pay Commission Armed Forces news: Non-implementation of 7CPC hurting morale of armed forces, says Veteran

A top union official while speaking to India.com said, “the Lavasa committee in its recommendations has advised the Union Government to increase Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000 per month”.

For a large number of central government employees, one of the major concern was the 7th Pay Commission recommendation of decreasing the HRA by 2-6 per cent depending on the type of cities.

As the final report has now been submitted to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley now it will be examined by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (ECS) and following that it will be placed before the Union Cabinet for further approval. Some reports suggest that government may clear arrears and dues of central government employees by the first week of May.

The proposal will benefit over 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners. The allowances from a sizeable amount of the salary drawn by a government employee. If the recommendations made by 7th Pay Commission on allowances are implemented completely, then as per a rough estimate the cost to the exchequer will be Rs 29,300 crore.

The Ashok Lavasa committee was constituted in June last year, a week after the government implemented the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

Govt.Employees may get HRA hike up to 178%


By Ajeet Kumar |  Friday, April 28, 2017

7th Pay Commission allowances: Panel submits report to FM Jaitley; govt employees set to get HRA hike of up to 178%

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.


1 Comment New Delhi: 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.

7th Pay Commission submitted its Ashok Lavasa report today



7th Pay Commission: Ashok Lavasa committee on
allowance   submits report to Arun Jaitley today.


The Ashok Lavasa Committee on Allowances submitted its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on April 27. The Committee was formed to review the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. 

The pay commission 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.

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The report will now be examined by the empowered committee of secretaries and following that it will be placed before the Cabinet.

The Committee was constituted in June last year after the government implemented the recommendations of the Pay Commission.

However, if the  government implements pay commission recommendations on allowances, then as per estimates the cost to the exchequer will be Rs 29,300 crore.

Here's a background to the Seventh Pay Commission story:

The Seventh Pay Commission had recommended abolishing 53 of the 196 allowances, and subsuming 36 other allowances. It also recommended slashing the House Rent Allowance (HRA)--for metros, commission recommended bringing down the HRA from 30 per cent to 24 per cent.

The Seventh  Pay Commission had recommended the rate of House Rent Allowance (HRA) be kept at 24 percent, 16 percent and 8 percent of the Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively.

Government employees protested the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, following which the Narendra Modi government formed a committee under Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa to review the suggestions.

The Committee on Allowances was constituted in July and after an extended deadline was asked to submit its report to the government by February 22, 2017.

That the Ashok Lavasa-led committee had missed its deadline was revealed by Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal while replying to a question on Seventh Pay Commission in Parliament.

It was reported that the Committee on Allowances could not submit its report as it had sought comments from various ministries on 14 allowances.
Speculations are rife that the Committee on Allowances is likely to recommend against reducing HRA. Although, a few reports had suggested that the committee is unlikely to vote for a hike in transport allowance.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

HRD Ministry forms panel to review UGC recommendations



7th Pay Commission: HRD ministry forms panel to review UGC recommendations
HRD ministry forms committee to review UGC recommendations on implementation of 7th Pay Commission in educational institutions after teachers’ associations threaten strike



Prakash Javadekar urged the teachers to refrain from going to strike in view of the examination time and to avoid any disruption in the academic functioning of the varsities. Photo: PTI
New Delhi: The human resource and development (HRD) ministry has formed a committee to review the recommendations made by a University Grants Commission (UGC) panel on implementation of the 7th Pay Commission in educational institutions.
The development comes against the backdrop of teachers’ associations of various universities threatening to go on strike over the “delay” in implementation after the UGC panel submitted its report earlier this year.
“Seventh Pay Review committee for implementing the recommendations (of the 7th pay commission) in educational institutions, universities and colleges has submitted its report to the Ministry. I have constituted a committee headed by Higher education secretary to study them,” Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said.
The committee will have officials from finance ministry and other relevant offices and it will submit its final recommendations which will go to Cabinet, he added. Javadekar urged the teachers to refrain from going to strike in view of the examination time and to avoid any disruption in the academic functioning of the varsities.
“I appeal to every one not to stage any protests as exams are around the corner and the ministry will ensure that justice is done to everyone. “Those who had some doubts whether government is moving in this direction, let me dispel their doubts that we have already started action and soon they will get good news,” he added.



Prakash Javadekar urged the teachers to refrain from going to strike in view of the examination time and to avoid any disruption in the academic functioning of the varsities. Photo: PTI

Prakash Javadekar urged the teachers to refrain from going to strike in view of the examination time and to avoid any disruption in the academic functioning of the varsities. Photo: PTI
New Delhi: The human resource and development (HRD) ministry has formed a committee to review the recommendations made by a University Grants Commission (UGC) panel on implementation of the 7th Pay Commission in educational institutions.
The development comes against the backdrop of teachers’ associations of various universities threatening to go on strike over the “delay” in implementation after the UGC panel submitted its report earlier this year.
“Seventh Pay Review committee for implementing the recommendations (of the 7th pay commission) in educational institutions, universities and colleges has submitted its report to the Ministry. I have constituted a committee headed by Higher education secretary to study them,” Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said.
The committee will have officials from finance ministry and other relevant offices and it will submit its final recommendations which will go to Cabinet, he added. Javadekar urged the teachers to refrain from going to strike in view of the examination time and to avoid any disruption in the academic functioning of the varsities.
“I appeal to every one not to stage any protests as exams are around the corner and the ministry will ensure that justice is done to everyone. “Those who had some doubts whether government is moving in this direction, let me dispel their doubts that we have already started action and soon they will get good news,” he added.
The pay review committee of the UGC, which was formed last year and was headed by it member VS Chauhan, had recommended scrapping ad-hoc and temporary appointments of teachers across universities. The panel had also suggested that pay of teachers should be in accordance with the 7th central pay commission, which means the overall salary of teachers would also go up if the suggestion is accepted by the HRD ministry. Linking grants to universities to the vacant posts filled by them was also among the recommendations made by the committee.

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7th Pay Commission: Lavasa panel report on HRA, allowances this week

The final 7th Pay Commission recommendations on allowances by the Ashok Lavasa panel will benefit over 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners.

The Ashok Lavasa committee was constituted in June last year after the government implemented the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint




The Ashok Lavasa committee was constituted in June last year after the government implemented the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

New Delhi: The high-level committee headed by finance secretary Ashok Lavasa on allowances under the 7th Pay Commission is expected to submit its final report this week to finance minister Arun Jaitley, according to Zee News.
The committee had held a conclusive meeting on 6 April, according to Zee News. The committee has been tasked to examine the 7th Pay Commission recommendation for abolition of 53 allowances out of a total of 196 and subsuming another 36 into larger existing ones, according to the Zee News report.
In its previous meeting on 28 March, the Lavasa committee sought comments from the ministries of railways, defence and posts on treatment of 14 allowances, the report said. Some of these allowances include accidental allowance, outstation detention allowance, trip allowance, and ghat allowance.
Earlier, the 7th Pay Commission had recommended fixing the rate of house rent allowance (HRA) at 24%, 16% and 8% of the basic pay for Class X, Y, and Z cities respectively, according to the report. It had also recommended that whenever DA crosses 50%, the rate of HRA be revised to 27%, 18% and 9% respectively, according to Zee News. Likewise, it should be revised to 30%, 20% and 10% when DA crosses 100%.
The Pay Commission had also 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, according to Zee News.

The final recommendations on allowances will benefit over 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners. The Lavasa Committee was constituted in June last year after the government implemented the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

UGC panel recommends scrapping ad-hoc, temporary appointments of teachers


UGC panel recommends scrapping ad-hoc, temporary appointments of teachers


education Updated: Mar 04, 2017


Neelam Pandey
Hindustan Times, New Delhi

A panel set up by the University Grants Commission (UGC) has recommended scrapping ad-hoc and temporary appointments of teachers across universities.

UGC’s pay review committee, which was formed last year and is headed by UGC member VS Chauhan, has also suggested that pay of teachers should be in accordance with the seventh central pay commission, which means the overall salary of teachers would also go up if the suggestion is accepted by the human resource development (HRD) ministry.

The recommendation is good news for aspiring professors as central universities may have to appoint over 6,000 teachers.

Of the total 17,006 teaching posts in various UGC-funded central universities, 6,080 were lying vacant on October 1, 2016, according to official data. This includes 911 vacancies in University of Delhi (DU).


Major recommendations

·         Teachers to be given pay and allowances in accordance with the Seventh Pay commission recommendation.

·         Higher educational institutions cannot stay without leadership at any point in time.

·         Top 1% of NET qualifiers to be posted as assistant professors.

·         Introduction of vice-principal “Grade 1 or II Principal” depending upon the size of the college.

·         Qualified individuals to be able to make direct entry at both associate and professor levels.

·         Setting up an educational tribunal to deal with grievances related to higher educational institutions.

·         Any college seeking funds from central/state government/UGC to have NAAC accreditation of minimum grade B.

Welcoming UGC’s recommendation, senior professor and PRO of Allahabad University (AU) Yogeshwar Tiwari said discontinuing temporary postings would help the university fill vacant posts. AU currently has 525 vacant posts.

Appointment of permanent lecturers is also likely to improve teaching standards as ad-hoc professors usually keep switching colleges because of which there is a gap in the assessment of a student’s academic progression. “Certain subjects are not taught due to lack of specialist faculty at times. In many cases, existing teachers are burdened with additional work...” said a DU professor.

The committee, has also suggested linking grants to universities to the vacant posts filled by them.

                                                                              M.YADAGIRI
                                                                                 Secretary
                                                      Federation of College Teachers' Associations
                                                                               Hyderabad.