So far, there has been no official word on Ashok Lavasa committee submitting its report on revised allowances to government. The long delay has left employees frustrated.
- National Joint Council of Action convenor Shiv Gopal Mishra said Central government employees might go on strike if the Committee on Allowances delays submission of report.
- The National Council Staff Side has called a meeting on May 2 to discuss the next course of action.
- 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.
- 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.