The Government of India constituted the 6th Pay Commission to suggest pay revisions for its employees. The recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission has been accepted by the Government with minor modifications. Besides recommending new pay scale, this commission has recommended changes in the different allowances admissible to Central Govt. employees and other facilities provided to them for serving people and country. Below are given the major recommendations of the commission related to allowances, advances, holidays and class entitlements.
1. Dearness Allowance:
- the AICPI (IW) will continue to be the index used for calculating DA for Government employees.
- Merger of dearness allowance with basic pay is not recommended.
- DA will continue to be sanctioned twice a year as on 1st January and 1st July payable with the salary of March and September, respectively.
2. City Compensatory Allowance (CCA):
- City Compensatory Allowance to be abolished.
3. Other Compensatory allowances:
- Rates of Special Compensatory (Hill Area/Remote Locality), Tribal Area Allowance, Project Allowance and Bad Climate Allowance revisied as follows :
- Project Allowance: Rs.1500 p.m. For posts in the grade pay of Rs.5400 and above; Rs.1000 p.m.For posts in the grade pay of less than Rs.5400
- The rates of all the above allowances shall automatically increase by 25% whenever the Dearness Allowance payable on the revised pay bands goes up by 50%.
- Abolition of Special Compensatory Allowance for Gandhinagar and Special Compensatory (Border Area) Allowance.
- As regards Special (Duty) Allowance for postings to North East Regions, the allowance at the existing rates should be paid to all Central Government employees on their posting on transfer to any North East Region irrespective of whether the transfer is from outside the North East Region or from another area of that region.
- The condition that the employees have all India transfer liability should also be dispensed with. This will ensure that all employees, irrespective of their group, get the benefit of this allowance on their posting to a new city in North East on transfer.
- The Special (Duty) Allowance as well as other concessions allowed to the Government employees in North East region to be extended to the Government employees posted in Ladakh.
- Island Special (Duty) allowance: No change is recommended in respect of this allowance. However, this allowance should, henceforth, also be paid to all Central Government employees on their posting on transfer to any place in these Islands without insisting on an all India transfer liability.
- Hard Area Allowance to the employees posted in the Nicobar group of Islands to be paid separately along with Island Special (Duty) Allowance. Further, this allowance should also be extended to the Lakshadweep group of islands.
Bad Climate & Special (Hill Area) Allowance
4. Traveling Allowance:
- No change in the travel entitlement for travel outside India.
- In case of road travel between places connected by rail, travel by any means of public transport be allowed provided the total fare does not exceed the train fare by the entitled class.
- In case of places not connected by train, travel by AC bus for all those entitled to travel by AC II Tier and above in train and by Deluxe/Ordinary bus for those who are entitled to travel by First Class/AC III Tier/AC Chair Car/Sleeper Class in train is recommended.
- All mileage points earned by Government employees on tickets purchased for official travel should be utilized by the concerned department for other official travel by their respective officers.
- The travel entitlements while on tour and transfer to be revised as under :
5. Daily Allowance
- The recommended rates of daily allowances are illustrated in above Table.
- The rates of all the components of Daily Allowance shall automatically increase by 25% whenever the Dearness Allowance payable on the revised pay bands goes up by 50%.
- In case of stay or journey on Government ships, boats etc.or journey to remote places on foot/mules etc. for scientific/data collection purposes in organisations like FSI, Survey of India, GSI etc., daily allowance will be paid at rate equivalent to that provided for reimbursement of food bill. However, in this case the amount will be sanctioned irrespective of the actual expenditure incurred on this account with the approval of the Head of Department/Controlling Officer. For journey on foot, an allowance of Rs.5 per kilometer traveled on foot shall be payable additionally. This rate will also be increased by 25% whenever DA payable on revised pay scales goes up by 50%.
6. LTC & other benefits:
- travel entitlements under LTC should also be same as those on official tour and transfer except no daily allowance be payable for travel on LTC.
- The facility shall be admissible only in respect of journeys performed in vehicles operated by the Government or any Corporation in the public sector run by the Central or State Government or a local body.
- Encashment of Earned Leave upto 10 days along with LTC to the extent of total of 60 days be continued,
- The leave encashed at the time of availing LTC not be deducted from the maximum amount of Earned Leave encashable at the time of retirement.
- Consequently, the employees would be eligible to encash 300 days of Earned Leave at the time of their retirement, even though they may have encashed Earned Leave of upto 60 days during their career while availing LTC, whether to their home town or to any place in India.
- The Railways employees be allowed to avail of this encashment at the time of availing of passes for a maximum of 60 days in the entire career subject to the condition that successive encashment cannot be made before a minimum period of two years has elapsed.
7. Transport Allowance:
- in the revised scheme of pay scales, all the allowances and facilities will be governed by Grade Pay.
- the existing condition which prohibits grant of Transport Allowance to the employees who have been provided with official accommodation within one Kilometer of the office is removed.
- Other conditions regulating the grant of this allowance shall remain unchanged.
- Physically disabled employees shall continue to draw this allowance at double the normal rates.
- This, however, will be further subject to the condition that Transport Allowance in the case of physically disabled employees shall, in no case, be less than Rs.1000 per month plus the applicable rate of dearness allowance.
- Employees in pay band PB-4 who are entitled to the use of official car for travel between residence and office may be given the option to draw transport allowance at a higher rate of Rs.7000 p.m. plus dearness allowance provided they give up the use of official car for travel between residence and office.
The Commission recommends following rates for Transport Allowance :
8. House Rent Allowance:
- the Commission recommended merger of C Class Cities (having population of 50,000 to 5 lakh) with `Unclassified Towns’ (having population of less than 50,000).
- The existing population criterion for classifying towns and cities for purposes of HRA is being retained but population in the urban agglomeration should be taken into account for classifying a city for purposes of HRA.
- HRA in A-1 cities be paid at the rate of 30% of the total of revised pay in the running pay band and grade pay thereon.
- Erstwhile A, B-1 and B-2 categories are being merged.
- The following rates of House Rent Allowance:
9. Education Allowance:
- the Commission recommended merger of Children Education Allowance and Reimbursement of Tuition Fee which will henceforth be reimbursement upto the maximum of Rs.1000 per child per month subject to a maximum of 2 children.
- Hostel subsidy may be reimbursed upto the maximum limit of Rs.3000 per month per child. The limits would be automatically raised by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay bands goes up by 50%.
- The Government offices will remain closed only on the 3 National holidays.
- No other closed holidays be allowed.
- Restricted Holidays available to an employee shall be increased to 8 with the list of Restricted Holidays being suitably enlarged to include all the erstwhile Gazetted Holidays therein.
- Every Head of Department (HoD) should be allowed the option of declaring the office closed for a maximum of two Restricted Holidays in a year based on local considerations.
- The number of Casual Leave, Half Pay Leave and Earned Leave available to Government employees shall remain unchanged.
- The number of casual leave for physically disabled employees will stand increased to 12 days. From 1/9/1981, Teachers, Principals and Head Masters working in schools and from 28/7/1984, Librarians, Laboratory Assistants and Watermen working in schools have not been allowed the facility of half pay leave. This facility needs to be restored for these categories as the present rules place them in difficulties in times of sickness, etc.
These categories should be made eligible for half pay leave on par with other Central Government employees.
11. Deputation (Duty) Allowance:
· the rates of Deputation (Duty) Allowance and Central (Deputation on Tenure) Allowance may continue to be paid at the rate of 5%, 10% and 15% of the aggregate of pay in the pay band and grade pay without any pecuniary limit. This will, however, be subject to the limit that the aggregate of pay in the pay band and Deputation (Duty) Allowance/Central (Deputation on Tenure) Allowance does not exceed Rs.39,200 being the minimum pay in the pay band PB-4.
12. Miscellaneous Allowances
· The Commission recommended doubling of the extant rates of Cycle Allowance, Washing Allowance, Cash Handling Allowance, Special Allowance, Night Duty Allowance and Split Duty Allowance.
· The rates of these allowances will be increased by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance payable on revised pay scales goes up by 50%.
· Machine Allowance withdrawn.
13. Over Time Allowance
· Abolition of compensation in the form of Over Time Allowance or any other similar allowance to any of the Central Government employees except those belonging to the categories of operational staff and industrial employees governed by statute.
A. Interest Free Advances
The Commission recommended that the existing amount of following interest free advances should be doubled:-
– Festival Advance
– Advance in the event of natural calamity like flood, drought, cyclone, etc.
– Advance for training in Hindi through Correspondence Course.
The rates of these allowances shall be increased by 25% every time dearness allowance on revised pay bands increases by 50%. All other existing conditions in respect of various interest free advances shall be maintained without any change.
B. Interest Bearing Advances
· no interest should be charged on advances for purchase of warm clothing and bicycle. Like in the case of other interest free advances, the existing rates of advances for purchase of warm clothing and bicycle should also be doubled.
· The Commission was of the view that in order to spread the benefit in a more equitable manner, it was desirable to provide only for the element of interest subsidy and make available various interest bearing advances to Government employees through arrangements with public sector banks.
· The Government will give an interest subsidy equal to 2 percentage points in rate of interest being charged by the bank to the employee.
· The interest subsidy for employees with disabilities will be equal to four percentage points in the rate of interest being charged by the bank.
· Simultaneously, the existing limit of various interest bearing advances should also be doubled for the purpose of getting the subsidy. This limit should automatically be increased by 25% every time the dearness allowance payable on revised pay bands goes up by 50%.
· The eligibility for taking the advances should also be removed because the repaying capacity would, in any case, be considered by the concerned bank at the time of processing the loan application.
15. Non-Practicing Allowance (NPA)
Accordingly, the Commissions recommends that Doctors should continue to be paid NPA at the existing rate of 25% of the aggregate of the band pay and grade pay subject to the condition that the Basic Pay + NPA does not exceed Rs.85,000.
16. Risk Allowance:
- Risk Allowance is withdrawn.
- Employees be provided with free medical and life insurance of Rs.5 lakhs for employees in PB-1 pay band; Rs.7 lakhs for employees in PB-2 pay band; Rs.10 lakhs for employees in PB-3 pay band/higher pay bands/scales.
- The amount of the insurance should automatically be increased by 50% every time the DA payable on the revised pay goes up by 50%. The entire expenditure on paying premium for this insurance will be borne by the Government.
- The amount insured will be paid in case of any serious injury/death sustained in the course of employment and will be over and above the other benefits available to all categories of Government employees.
- These employees should also be provided with additional health benefits with mandatory health check-ups every quarter and enhanced leave, wherever the same is necessary for proper recuperation.
17. Uniform related Allowances:
- the Commission recommends the following rates of Uniform Allowance for different categories of such personnel :
Initial grant Rs.14000; Renewal grant Rs.3000; payable after every three years
Uniform allowance for Coast Guard officers:-
Initial grant Rs.16000; Renewal grant Rs.5000; payable after every three years.
- Existing rates of Kit Maintenance Allowance be doubled for all categories of employees presently in receipt of this allowance. Uniform Allowance for nurses should also be increased to Rs.500 per month.
The rates of Uniform Allowance and Kit Maintenance
- Allowance for all the above categories shall be increased by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance on revised pay bands goes up by 50%.
18. T.A. on Transfer
The Commission recommends that transportation of personal effects by road at the rates prescribed for `other places’ should be allowed in respect of places connected by train as well without subjecting it to the extant restriction that these can not exceed 1.25 times of the eligible train fare.