Allowances committee raises HRA to 30%?
New Delhi: Finance Secretary Ashok Lavas-led Allowances Committee reviewing the allowances under 7th Pay Commission is expected to announce its recommendations anytime soon.
The Allowances Committee was set up in July 2016 on the direction of the Cabinet to look into the provision of allowances other than dearness allowance under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. Initially the committee was given a four-month time frame to come out with recommendations, which was later extended till February 22, 2017.
As per media reports, the Allowances Committee has revised the House Rent Allowance or HRA to 30%, up from 24% as suggested by the 7th pay panel.
The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) had recommended HRA at the rates initially from 24%, 16%, and 8 % and whenever DA reaches 50% it will be increased to 27%, 18% and 9%, The panel also said that s and when the DA reaches 100% the HRA will be revised to 30% , 20% and 10% for X,Y and Z cities respectively .
The pay commission also recommended doing away with 53 of the 196 allowances and merging a few others.
It is also reported that the committee has proposed to abolish 52 allowances, and subsume 36 allowances into existing allowances or proposed as new one. 12 Allowances are reported to have been proposed to be retained without changes, while the rest of the allowances have been tweaked little.