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A meeting on Department of Posts specific allowances was held with the Committee on allowances under chairmanship of Secretary Finance and secretary Expenditure. From Department of Post, Secretary (Post), Member (Personal), DDG (Personal), DDG (Estates) , DDG(Estt. & SR), Director Estt. attended the meeting. From Staff Side Com. R.N. Parashar, Secretary General NFPE,Shri Theagarajan, Secretary General FNPO & Shri S.K. Mishra , Secretary General, BPEF, participated in the meeting. Many other officers of DOP&T, Finance, Health Ministries also participated.
Three meetings were held with Department and Administration and Unions after discussing threadbare came to conclusion and accordingly presentation was prepared which was presented before the Committee. Secretary (Finance) shown much interest and he asked so many questions and raised queries on each allowance and asked the Department to submit a report on financial implications.
The meeting was concluded in a very co-ordial manner and we should hope for positive outcome. On the following allowances we submitted our proposal which is mentioned below:
Fixed Monetary Compensation to Postman:
Proposal: Not to abolish the allowance. It is proposed to grant Rs.300/- per day for additional full beat and Rs.150/- per day for sharing of beat(half beat) and further proposed to increase by 25% every time when DA reaches at 50%.(Department earlier proposed that allowance as Rs.200/- and Rs.100/- but on the demand of Federations, now it is proposed same as Rs.300/- and Rs.150/-.
Special Allowance to PO & RMS Accountants:
Proposal: The allowance is required to be continued as this special allowance has been sanctioned in lieu of higher pay scale. If abolished, one increment is to be allowed on promotion which costs more to the Department.Therefore, it is proposed to grant special allowance equivalent to one increment which will be kept separately and not to be added in the basic pay.Other conditions applicable to present allowance will remain in force. (i.e. if this allowance is drawn for three years it will be added to basic pay while pay fixation on promotion.)
Cycle Allowance to Postman:
Proposal: Must be retained while doubling the amount to Rs.180 p.m. and further increase by 25% every time the DA increases by 50%.
Cash Handling and Treasury Allowance:
Proposal: The Cash Handling Allowance should be retained and need to be doubled and further increase by 25% every time the DA increases by 50%.
Fixed Medical Allowance:
Proposal: 33 Postal Dispensaries may be merged with CGHS.All Postal Pensioners irrespective of their participation in CGHS while in service should be covered under CGHS after making requisite subscription.Till such time, the FMA may be allowed @ Rs.2000/- per month enhancing from Rs.500/- p.m. being paid at present.
Proposal: Proposes to retain the Headquarters Allowance at the uniform rate of 10% of the basic pay subject to ceiling of Rs.9000/- per month.
Proposal: Department recommends to grant additional duty allowance in lieu of OTA in operative offices only for performing additional duty of absentee official.
It is proposed Rs. 100/- per hour maximum of three hours in a day and further increase by 25% every time the DA increases by 50%.
Besides these we demanded S.B.Allowance and Supervisory allowance to be continued and enhanced proportionately.
Subject: Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission — Decision of Government relating to grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees — Rates effective from 1.1.2016.
The undersigned is directed to say that consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to Dearness Allowance, the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance (DA) to all categories of Central Government employees shall be admissible at the rate of 2 percent of basic pay per month, w,e.f.01.07.2016.
2. The revised pay structure effective from 01.01.2016 includes the Dearness Allowance of 125% sanctioned from 01.01.2016 in the pre-revised pay structure. Thus, Dearness Allowance in the revised pay structure shall be zero from 01.01.2016.
3. The term 'basic pay' in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix but does not include any other type of pay like special pay, etc.
4. The Government vide Resolution No. 1-2/2016-IC. dated 25/07/2016 has decided that till a final decision on Allowances is taken based on the recommendations of the Committee constituted under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary & Secretary (Expenditure), all Allowances will continue to be paid at existing rates.
5, The Dearness Allowance will continue to be a distinct element of remuneration and will not be treated as pay within the ambit of FR 9(21).
6. The payment on account of Dearness Allowance involving fractions of 50 paise and above may be rounded to the next higher rupee and the fractions of less than 50 paise may be ignored.
7. These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In respect of Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.
8. In so far as the employees working in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.