By appointing Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan as the head of the Fitment Committee, Home Secretary Asit Tripathy, Finance Secretary Tuhin Kant Pandey, Forest and Environment Secretary Suresh Mohapatra, Special Secretaries in the department of Finance A K Meena and Aswini Mishra as members, the government had directed it to submit its report within four months.
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.
Earlier the 7CPC in its findings had recommended the abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming of 37 others out of 196 allowances.
The Centre has already implemented the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016 following which the State had declared to implement the same in lines of central government.
If reports are to be believed, the committee on allowances has given its view in favour of employees by recommending against cancelling the existing rates of House Rent Allowance (HRA). Representations and demands for modifications were received in respect of 79 allowances which have been examined in detail by the Committee.
The state government constituted a six-member committee led by Balakrishnan in October to discuss with various stakeholders and recommend modalities for execution of the Pay Commission report. It also interacted with the representatives of the Defence Forces, DGs of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) namely CRPF, CISF, BSF, ITBP, SSB, and Assam Rifles as also senior officers from IB and SPG to understand the viewpoint of their personnel.
The report is being now examined by the Department of Expenditure.
The committee, the ministry said, held extensive stakeholder consultations and detailed examination of the recommendations so as to address the concerns of the stakeholders. The report submitted to the Finance Ministry is a part of the 7th Pay Commission report.
The report will first be analysed by the empowered committee of secretaries and then it will be placed before the cabinet, he added.
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