At a time when lakhs of Central government employees are waiting for an increase in the minimum pay against the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission, a notice has been released on abolition of allowance.
In a notice released by the Railway Ministry last month for General Managers/ CAOs(R), All Indian Railways and Production Units, details has been mentioned about the 'adoption of instructions issued by DoP&T regarding restrictions of officiating pay in lieu of Charge Allowance'.
"Consequent upon the decision taken by Government of India vide MoF's Resolution No. 1-2/2016-IC dated 25.07.2016, recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission regarding all the Allowances (except Dearness Allowance) were referred to a Committee of Secretaries headed by the Finance Secretary. The Committee's recommendations were implemented w.e.f. 01.07.2017 vide MoF's Resolution No. 11-1/2016-IC dated 06.07.2017. In terms of Para 8.2.5 of 7th CPC's Report, all the allowances not mentioned in the 7th CPC's Report ceased to exist w.e.f 01.07.2017.
It is observed that Charge Allowance, which is granted in Indian Railways to Officers officiating on a higher post in administrative exigencies, was also not included in the report of the 7th CPC and hence, stands abolished w.e.f. 01.07.2017.
It has now been decided by the Railway Board that DoPT's Office Memorandum No. 1/4/2017-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 28.02.2019 (Annexure-I) regarding Restriction of pay under FR-35 (Rule 1329 IREC Vol. II) in the context of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016 may be adopted in mutatis mutandis manner in Indian Railways in context of RS(RP) Rules, 2016 in place of Charge Allowance w.e.f. 01.07.2017," the notice read.
The Central government employees have been demanding a hike in their present basic pay, Rs 18,000. They are presently getting Rs 18,000, but demanding an increase of Rs 8000 (Rs 26,000).