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7th Pay Commission - Govt Still thinking will it be feasible - about over higher Allowances

7th Pay Commission - Govt Still thinking will it be feasible - about over higher Allowances

The Finance Ministry official involved with the process of higher allowances on condition of anonymity, told that the Govt is facing the classic dilemma on the subject of issuing of notification of higher allowances under 7th pay commission recommendations.

“The October-November month is the scheduled for issuing notification for the Finance Ministry, but the time was extended by 2 months because the cash crunch on account of demonetisation, which is taking time to get normality.

“The Finance Ministry has got 2 months extension to issue the higher allowances notification under 7th Pay Commission recommendations”, a Finance Ministry official said on condition of anonymity.

Therefor,unless the banks can begin to function with a modicum of efficiency, the government will not issue notification on higher allowances to save demonetisation chaos,” the sources added.

The sources further added “the issue of increased financial activities after demonetisation compels the govt to keep in abeyance to issue higher allowances notification for getting normalized the position and it is likely to issue from January next, after the the cash crunch will ease. (‘Hopefully’).

As the demonetisation drive today completes 30 days, cash situation continues to stay critical in the country as evident by the unending queues outside banks and a few operational ATMs.

“The government dilemma in relation to issuing higher allowances notification will make to force central government employees to stand in long queues,” the official said. “That is the dilemma, the government is trying to work through.”

“The committee on Allowances has finalized the proposal on the allowances but the government is not interested to do it now,” an official said. “The government will decide to review all situation in respect of cash crunch, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is looking at all situations to normalize cash crunch, only then he will receive report on higher allowances.” sources added.

However, the committee on allowances head by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa said in October, “We are ready to submit our report, when the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley calls up.”

Latest Guidelines for nomination in SCOVA

Latest Guidelines for nomination in SCOVA

The Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) is a forum for holding consultation with the stakeholders, i.e., the pensioners through their Associations and various Ministries/Departments of the Government of India to get feedback on implementation of pension related policies, to discuss and critically examine the policy initiatives and to mobilise voluntary efforts to supplement the Government action.

A mechanism has been put in place for nomination of a Standing Group comprising of 5 Associations and a Rotating Group comprising of 10 Associations through a Resolution issued from time to time. As per the existing mechanism the Standing Group serves for 3 terms of 2 years each or till the pleasure of the Chairman of SCOVA whichever is earlier and Rotating Group serves for 1 term of 2 years and is eligible for re-nomination for one more term. These Associations represent various categories of Central Government pensioners from various Regions/States.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Mahendra Singh Mahra in the Rajya Sabha today.

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