The Empowered Committee of Secretaries or E-CoS has submitted its report on higher allowances and HRA as per the 7th Pay Commission to the Cabinet. Apart from capping the HRA, the report speaks about a pay hike which will be approved by the Union Cabinet on June 7.
The Union Cabinet is scheduled to meet on June 7 and the same will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Employees of the Central Government were upset with the pay hike recommended by the panel. This report is likely to bring some relief to employees who have been waiting to hear good news.
There is some good news on this front for the employees. The Cabinet is likely to give the nod for a salary hike. The announcement will be made after June 7 following the Cabinet meeting. There has been a proposal to hike the salary. This will need the nod of the cabinet. The Cabinet will meet on June 7 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns from his foreign tour.
The employees had demanded that the HRA slab ranging between 30%, 20% and 10%. However the E-CoS after studying the recommendations as per the demands and the 7th Pay Commission has capped the HRA between 25 and 27 per cent.
Sources say that the Cabinet can reverse the decision on HRA. The Cabinet has the power to consider the HRA slab of 30, 20 and 10 per cent as demanded by the employees. The Cabinet can take a call on whether it should implement the E-CoS recommendation or the demands made by the employees. As per the Cabinet Secretary, P K Sinha, all demands of employees would be taken into account and placed before the Cabinet which is the final authority on this matter.