Tuesday, 11 July 2017

சேலம் கிழக்கு கோட்டம் சார்பாக நடைபெற்ற கண்டன ஆர்ப்பாட்டத்தில் கலந்துகொண்ட தோழர்கள்.





Friday, 7 July 2017

Revised Rates of 7th CPC Allowances get reflected in the current month’s Salary Bills – PIB Report


7th CPC Revised Allowances are given effect from 01.07.2017 and get reflected in the current month's Salary Bills: Govt of India Press News


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PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
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The Central Government’s decision on recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) on Allowances published in Gazette of India yesterday i.e. 6th July, 2017; All allowances are given effect from 1st July 2017; Concerned Ministries advised to issue their Orders on Allowances governed by them immediately so that the revised rates of allowances get reflected in the current month's Salary Bills of the Government employees. 

 New Delhi, July 7, 2017
Ashadha 16, 1939
Resolution conveying the Central Government’s decision on recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) on Allowances has been published in Gazette of India yesterday i.e.6th July, 2017.
Based on the Report of Committee on Allowances (CoA) and the recommendation of E-CoS, the Cabinet had earlier approved the modifications in 34 Allowances in its Meeting held on 28th June 2017.
All allowances are given effect from 1st July 2017.
Concerned Ministries have now been advised to issue their Orders on Allowances governed by them immediately so that the revised rates of allowances get reflected in the current month's Salary Bills of the Government employees.
Highlights of the Allowances approved by the Central Government are as follows:
  • Cabinet approved recommendations of 7th CPC on allowances with 34 modifications - revised rates effective from 01.07.2017
  • It will benefit 34 lakh Civilian employees and 14 lakh Defence Forces personnel
  • 7th CPC examined 197 allowances, recommending abolition of 53 allowances and subsuming 37 in others.
  • 7th CPC recommended revised rates commensurate with Dearness Allowance
  • Fully DA-indexed allowances - no raise, not DA indexed raised by 2.25, partially indexed raised by 1.5, % based rationalised by 0.8
  • Risk & Hardship Matrix evolved for allowances linked to risk and hardship
  • 7th CPC projected additional financial implication at ₹29,300 cr per annum, modifications to have additional implication of ₹1448.23 cr
  • Combined additional financial implication estimated at ₹30748.23 crore per annum.

1. Number of allowances recommended to be abolished and subsumed:
  • Government decided not to abolish 12 allowances in view of specific functional requirements

3 of 37 subsumed allowances will continue as separate identities due to unique nature of these allowances.

2. House Rent Allowance (HRA)
  • HRA will be paid @24%, 16% & 8% for X, Y & Z cities respectively
  • HRA not to be less than ₹5400, 3600 & 1800 for X,Y&Z cities, calculated @30,20,&10% of min pay of ₹18000 - to benefit >7.5 lakh employee
  • 7th CPC recommended revision of HRA when DA reaches 50% & 100%, Govt decided to revise rates when DA crosses 25% and 50% respectively.

3. Siachen Allowance:
  • Rates of Siachen Allowance increased from ₹14000 pm (Soldiers) to ₹30000 & ₹21000 pm (Officers) to ₹42500 for extreme risk & hardship.

4. Dress Allowance:
  • Government decided to pay Dress Allowance to Nurses on monthly basis due to high maintenance and hygiene requirements.
  • Higher rate of Dress Allowance for Special Protection Group accepted by Govt.

5. Tough Location Allowance:
  • 7th CPC recommended-TLA not to be granted with SDA-Govt decided to give option of SCLRA at pre-revised rates with SDA at revised rates

6. Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to all categories:
  • Children Education Allowance increased from ₹1500 pm/child (max.2) to ₹2250/child and Hostel Subsidy increased from ₹4500 pm to ₹6750 pm.
  • Special Allowance for Child Care for Women with Disabilities doubled from ₹1500 pm to ₹3000 pm
  • Higher Qualification Incentive for Civilians increased from ₹2000 - ₹10000 (Grant) to ₹10000 – ₹30000 (Grant)

7. Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to Uniformed Services: Defence, CAPFs, Police, Indian Coast Guard and Security Agencies:
  • Abolition of Ration Money Allowance and free ration to Defence officers in peace areas not accepted, RMA to be credited in bank account
  • Technical Allowance (Tier-II) not to be merged, Govt. decided to continue Technical Allowance (Tier-II) @₹4500 pm-courses to be reviewed
  • Aeronautical Allowance increased ₹300 pm to ₹450 pm and extended to Indian Coast Guard also.
  • Counter Insurgency Ops (CI Ops) Allowance for counter – insurgency ops increased from ₹3000 - ₹11700 pm to ₹6000 – ₹16900 pm
  • MARCOS and Chariot Allowance paid to marine commandos increased from ₹10500 - ₹15750 pm to ₹17300 – ₹25000 pm
  • Conditionality of 12 hrs reduced to 4 hrs for Sea Going Allowance and rates increased from ₹3000 - ₹7800 pm to ₹6000 – ₹10500 pm
  • COBRA Allowance granted to CRPF personnel in Naxal hit areas increased from ₹8400 - ₹16800 pm to ₹17300 – ₹25000 pm Modified Field, Field & Highly Active Field Area Allowances increased from ₹1200 - ₹12600 pm to ₹6000 – ₹16900 pm.
  • Flying Allowance increased from ₹10500 - ₹15750 pm to ₹17300 – ₹25000 pm and extended to BSF Air Wing also
  • High Altitude Allowance increased from ₹810 - ₹16800 pm to ₹2700 – ₹25000 pm.
  • Higher Qualification Incentive for Defence Personnel increased from ₹9000 – ₹30000 (Grant) to ₹10000 – ₹30000 (Grant).
  • Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer Allowance increased from ₹1500 / 3000 pm to ₹4100 / 5300 pm.
  • Additional Free Railway Warrant (Leave Travel Concession) extended to CAPFs.
  • Territorial Army Allowance increased from ₹175 - ₹450 pm to ₹1000 –₹ 2000 pm.
  • Ceilings of Deputation (Duty) Allowance for Defence Personnel increased from ₹2000 - ₹4500 pm to ₹4500 - ₹9000 pm.
  • Detachment Allowance increased ₹165 - ₹780 per day to ₹405 – ₹1170 per day.
  • Para Jump Instructor Allowance increased from ₹2700/3600 pm to ₹6000/10500 pm.
  • Govt. increased Special Security Allowance for Special Protection Group to 55% and 27.5% of BP for ops and non – ops duties.
  • Housing provisions for PBORs and their families residing at other stations significantly improved and linked to HRA, process simplified.

8. Allowances paid to Indian Railways
  • Additional Allowance increased from ₹500 / 1000 pm to ₹1125 / 2250 pm and extended to Loco Pilot Goods and Senior Passenger Guards @₹750 pm
  • Special Train Controller’s Allowance @5000 pm introduced for Train Controllers of Railways

9. Allowances paid to Nurses & Ministerial Staffs of Hospital
  • Governmentt increased rate of Nursing Allowance from ₹4800 pm to ₹7200 pm
  • Operation Theatre Allowance not abolished and rates increased from ₹360 pm to ₹540 pm
  • Hospital Patient Care Allowance/Patient Care Allowance increased from ₹2070 - ₹2100 pm to ₹4100 – ₹5300 pm.
  • 7th CPC recommendations modified and HPCA / PCA to continue for Ministerial staff

10. Allowances to Pensioners
  • Fixed Medical Allowance for Pensioners increased from ₹500 pm to ₹1000 pm
  • Constant Attendance Allowance on 100% disablement increased from ₹4500 pm to ₹6750 pm.

11. Allowances to Scientific Departments:
  • 7 th CPC recommendations to abolish Launch Campaign Allowance and Space Technology Allowance not accepted – rates revised from ₹7500 pa to ₹11250 pa
  • Professional Update Allowance for non-gazetted staff of DAE will continue at enhanced rate of ₹11250 p.a.
  • Antarctica Allowance – Summer rates revised from ₹1125 per day to ₹1500 per day, Winter rates from ₹1688 per day to ₹2000 per day.

12. Allowance paid to D/o Posts & Railways:

  • Cycle Allowance not abolished - rates doubled from ₹90 to ₹180 pm for functional requirements of Postmen in Posts and Trackmen in Railways.

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Source: DoE.gov.in

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

DOP Slab | Inclusive of GST Rate @18%

 


This is regarding notification issued by Govt.of India (Ministry of Finance) regarding the revised Tax (GST). The rate of Tax(GST) is being increased from 1st of July 2017.Details are given below:


Range Tariff
Rs 1000/- to Rs 1500/- Rs 47/- (Rs 7 GST) Round off
Rs 1501/- to Rs 5000/- Rs 83/- (Rs 13 GST) Round off
Rs 5001/- to Rs 10000/- Rs 118/- (Rs 18 GST) Round off
Regards
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Sunday, 2 July 2017

7th Pay Commission Report: Allowances related to Travel (TA, Camp, Conveyance, Cycle, Daily, LTC, Mileage, Transport, Travelling Allowances)



Report of Seventh Central Pay Commission

Chapter 8.15 - Allowances related to Travel


Allowances Covered
8.15.1 Alphabetical list of Allowances covered here is as under:

1. Camp Allowance

2. Conveyance Allowance 

3. Cycle Allowance

4. Daily Allowance

5. Daily Allowance on Foreign Travel 

6. Detachment Allowance

7. Leave Travel Concession (LTC)

8. Mileage Allowance for journeys by road 

9. TA Bounty

10. TA for Retiring Employees 

11. TA on Transfer

12. Transport Allowance

13. Travelling Allowance

Here we deal with allowances relate to travel requirements of government employees.

Camp Allowance and TA Bounty
8.15.2 Both these allowances are granted to personnel of Territorial Army. Camp Allowance is paid to these personnel when they are called up for training, at a rate of Rs.10 per day. TA Bounty is paid when these personnel are embodied for training at the following rates:

Officers
Rs.450 pa
JCOs
Rs.300 pa
OR
Rs.175 pa
8.15.3 There are demands to increase the rates of these allowances four-fold.

Analysis and Recommendations

8.15.4 The Territorial Army is an organization of nearly 40,000 volunteers whose role is to relieve the regular Army from static duties and assist civil administration in dealing with natural calamities and maintenance of essential services in situations where life of the communities is affected or the security of the country is threatened and to provided units for regular Army as and when required.

8.15.5 Considering its importance and the need to incentivize volunteers to join, it is recommended that the Camp Allowance and the TA Bounty should be merged into a singleallowance to be called Territorial Army Allowance, with the following rates:

Officers
Rs.2000 pa
JCOs
Rs.1500 pa
OR
Rs.1000 pa

8.15.6 The amount of allowance will increase by 25 percent each time DA rises by 50 percent. As is the case with TA Bounty at present, 100 percent of the amount of Territorial Army Allowance shall be granted for completing full training and 75 percent of the amount will be granted for completing more than 80 percent of the training.

Conveyance Allowance
8.15.7 It is paid to Doctors for visits to hospitals and dispensaries outside normal duty hours as well as for making domiciliary visits. It is also paid to those employees who maintain their own Motor Car/Scooters/Motor Cycle/Moped and have to undertake frequent journeys on official business in their conveyance. The existing rates are as under:

( Rs. per month)
Average Monthly Travel on Official Duty
For Journeys by Own Motor Car
For Journeys by Other Mode of Conveyance
201-300 km
1680
556
301-450 km
2520
720
451-600 km
2980
960
601-800 km
3646
1126
>800 km
4500
1276

8.15.8 There are demands to fully index this allowance with DA, as in the case of Transport Allowance.

Analysis and Recommendations

8.15.9 The demands lack merit. The Commission is of the view that the present rates of the allowance are adequate. Accordingly, status quo may be maintained. However, the allowance will go up by 25 percent each time DA rises by 50 percent.

Cycle Allowance
8.15.10 It is paid where the duties attached to the post require extensive use of bicycle and the official concerned has to use and maintain his own cycle for official journeys. The existing rate is Rs.90 pm. No demands regarding Cycle Allowance have been received.

Analysis and Recommendations

8.15.11 The Commission is of the view that amount of this allowance is meagre and the allowance itself is outdated. Hence, it should be abolished.

Daily Allowance
8.15.12 Daily allowance is meant to cover living expenses when employees travel out of their headquarters for work. Presently it is in the form of reimbursement of staying accommodation expenses, travelling charges (for travel within the city) and food bills, payable at the following rates:

GP>=10,000
Reimbursement for hotel accommodation/guest house of up to Rs.7,500 per day, reimbursement of AC taxi charges of up to 50 km for travel within the city and Reimbursement of food bills not exceeding Rs.750 per day
7600 <=GP<= 8900
Reimbursement for hotel accommodation/guest house of up to Rs.4,500 per day, reimbursement of non-AC taxi charges of up to 50 km per diem (per day) for travel within the city and Reimbursement of food bills not exceeding Rs.450 per day
5400 <=GP<= 6600
Reimbursement for hotel accommodation/guest house of up to Rs.2,250 per day, reimbursement of non-AC taxi charges of up to Rs.225 per diem (per day) for travel within the city and Reimbursement of food bills not exceeding Rs.300 per day
4200 <=GP<= 4800
Reimbursement for hotel accommodation/guest house of up to Rs.750 per day, reimbursement of non-AC taxi charges of up to Rs.150 per diem (per day) for travel within the city and Reimbursement of food bills not exceeding Rs.225 per day
GP < 4200
Reimbursement for hotel accommodation/guest house of up to Rs.450 per day, reimbursement of non-AC taxi charges of up to Rs.75 per diem (per day) for travel within the city and Reimbursement of food bills not exceeding Rs.150 per day

8.15.13 The existing dispensation is different for Railway employees who are paid a flat sum because they are currently not entitled to stay in any accommodation other than Railway rest houses. The lump-sum rates for Railway personnel are as follows:
For journeys on foot, undertaken in organizations like FSI, Survey of India, GSI, etc. for data collection purposes, an additional allowance of Rs.7.5 per km travelled on foot shall be payable.

Entitlement for DA
GP>=10,000
Rs.780 per day
7600 <=GP<= 8900
Rs.690 per day
5400 <=GP<= 6600
Rs.600 per day
4200 <=GP<= 4800
Rs.510 per day
GP < 4200
Rs.316 per day
Amount payable
If absence from HQ <6 hrs
30% of DA
If absence from HQ is between 6-12 hrs
70% of DA
If absence from HQ >12 hrs
100% of DA

8.15.14 Representations received regarding this allowance primarily deal with the reimbursement procedure, as it is claimed that getting hotel bills (in small towns) and food bills is not always practical.

Analysis and Recommendations

8.15.15 The Commission considered the present model of this allowance, followed both in Railways and in other ministries. It is proposed to adopt the best from both of them so that the administration of the allowance can be simplified. Accordingly the following is recommended:

a) Reimbursement of staying accommodation charges

( Rs. per day)
Level
Ceiling for Reimbursement
14 and above
7500
12 and 13
4500
9 to 11
2250
6 to 8
750
5 and below
450

For levels 8 and below, the amount of claim (up to the ceiling) may be paid without production of vouchers against self-certified claim only. The self-certified claim should clearly indicate the period of stay, name of dwelling, etc. The ceiling for reimbursement will further rise by 25 percent whenever DA increases by 50 percent. Additionally, it is also provided that for stay in Class ‘X’ cities, the ceiling for all employees up to Level 8 would be Rs.1,000 per day, but it will only be in the form of reimbursement upon production of relevant vouchers.

b) R e imbursement of travelling charges

Level
Ceiling for Reimbursement
14 and above
AC Taxi charges up to 50 km
12 and 13
Non-AC Taxi charges up to 50 km
9 to 11
Rs.338 per day
6 to 8
Rs.225 per day
5 and below
Rs.113 per day

Similar to Reimbursement of staying accommodation charges, for levels 8 and below, the claim (up to the ceiling) should be paid without production of vouchers against self-certified claim only. The self-certified claim should clearly indicate the period of travel, vehicle number, etc. The ceiling for levels 11 and below will further rise by 25 percent whenever DA increases by 50 percent. The rate of allowance for foot journeys shall be enhanced from the current rate of Rs.7.5 per km to Rs.12 per km travelled on foot. This rate also shall further rise by 25 percent whenever DA increases by 50 percent.     
c) There will be no separate reimbursement of food bills. Instead, the lump sum amount payable will be as per Table 1 below and, depending on the length of absence from headquarters, would be regulated as per Table 2 below. Since the concept of reimbursement has been done away with, no vouchers will be required. This methodology is in line with that followed by Indian Railways at present (with suitable enhancement of rates).

i. Lump sum amount payable

Table 1

( Rs. per day)
Level
Lump Sum Amount
14 and above
1200
12 and 13
1000
9 to 11
900
6 to 8
800
5 and below
500

The Lump sum amount will increase by 25 percent whenever DA increases by 50 percent.

ii. Timing restrictions

Table 2
Length of absence
Amount Payable
If absence from headquarters is <6 hours
30% of Lump sum amount
If absence from headquarters is between 6-12 hours
70% of Lump sum amount
If absence from headquarters is >12 hours
100% of Lump sum amount

Absence from Head Quarter will be reckoned from midnight to midnight and will be calculated on a per day basis.

8.15.16 All the above provisions will apply to Railway personnel also.

Daily Allowance on Foreign Travel
8.15.17 This allowance is granted to employees when they undertake foreign travel. The rate of the allowance varies from $60 to $100 per day, depending upon the country involved. No demands have been received regarding this allowance.

Analysis and Recommendations

8.15.18 Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Finance decide the rate of this allowance from time to time. Hence, the rates may be kept unchanged.

Detachment Allowance
8.15.19 Detachment Allowance is granted to CAPF troops deployed continuously for operational considerations in situations away from permanent HQ. The present rates are as under:

( Rs. per day)
Pay in the Pay Band
A-1 Class Cities
A-class Cities and Specially Expensive Localities
B - class Cities and Specially Expensive Localities
Other Localities
>30500
780
630
510
405
15000<=Pay<30500
690
555
450
360
12500<=Pay<15000
600
480
390
315
8000<=Pay<12500
510
405
330
270
<8000
315
255
210
165

8.15.20 Presently the rates of Detachment Allowance are enhanced by 75 percent in J&K theatre. Similar enhancement has been sought in LWE theatre as well.

8.15.21 Defence forces have demanded that Detachment Allowance should be extended to Defence personnel also.

Analysis and Recommendations

8.15.22 In the present setup, CAPF personnel are entitled to choose either of the following two packages:

a. Detachment Allowance (Full with loss of Ration Money Allowance OR Half of Detachment Allowance with full Ration Money Allowance) + Special Duty Allowance + Special Compensatory (Remote Locality) Allowance
OR
b. Risk/Hardship Allowance + Full Ration Money Allowance

8.15.23 The Commission is of the view that Detachment Allowance already includes provisions for food. Hence, presenting a choice between Detachment Allowance and Ration Money Allowance is not logical. No Ration Money Allowance should be granted with Detachment Allowance. Where free rations are provided, only 50 percent of the Detachment Allowance should be granted. Since the allowance is already partially indexed to DA, the rates should be enhanced by a factor of 1.5 to the following:

( Rs. per day)
Level
A-1 Class Cities
A-class Cities and Specially Expensive Localities
B - class Cities and Specially Expensive Localities
Other Localities
>12
1170
945
765
608
9 to 12
1035
833
675
540
6 to 8
900
720
585
473
3 to 5
765
608
495
405

8.15.24 The rate of this allowance will increase by 25 percent each time the DA increases by 50 percent. The CAPF personnel will now have the following options to choose from:

a. Detachment Allowance + [Special Duty Allowance (as and where applicable) OR Tough Location Allowance (as and where applicable)]
OR
b. Risk and Hardship Allowance (as and where applicable) + Ration Money Allowance

8.15.25 The Detachment Allowance should be enhanced by 50 percent in both J&K as well as LWE theatres.

8.15.26 Detachment Allowance will be granted at full rate for first 10 days, at 75 percent of the full rate for next 10 days and at 50 percent of the full rate for the remaining period. The existing conditionality of return to HQ for continuation of the allowance beyond 180 days should be removed in case of CAPF personnel.

8.15.27 Regarding the demand for extension of the allowance to Defence personnel, the Commission is of the view that movements of Defence forces entail shifting of their Headquarters. Hence, grant of Detachment Allowance to Defence personnel cannot be considered.

Leave Travel Concession (LTC)
8.15.28 LTC is granted to Central Government employees to facilitate home travel as well as travel to different parts of the country. Presently two hometown visits are allowed in a block of four years with one hometown visit substitutable with “All India” visit. However, for the first two 4-year blocks, three hometown visits and one “All India” visit are permissible. LTC is not granted to an employee whose spouse is working in Indian Railways.

8.15.29 There are demands to increase the frequency of LTC, especially of the “All India” visit, and extend LTC to foreign countries also. Personnel posted on islands have requested the Commission that splitting of hometown LTC may be permitted so that their families can visit them from the mainland once a year and they (the employees) can also travel to the mainland once a year to visit the family. Personnel of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) have sought parity with other CAPFs for facility of Additional LTC. Railway employees have strongly represented that there are many places that are not         connected by rail and in absence of LTC, they are not able to visit these places. Hence they should be allowed the facility of LTC in lieu of certain number of their free passes. Similar sentiments have also been expressed by employees whose spouses are Railway employees.

Analysis and Recommendations

8.15.30 Extension of LTC to foreign countries is not in the ambit of this Commission.

8.15.31 The proposal to split hometown LTC has merit and can be considered. Hence, it is recommended that splitting of hometown LTC should be allowed in case of employees posted in North East, Ladakh and Island territories of Andaman, Nicobar and Lakshadweep. This will enable these employee and their families to meet more often.

8.15.32 Presently, personnel of Defence forces serving in field/high altitude/CI Ops areas are granted one additional free railway warrant. This should be extended to all personnel of CAPFs and the Indian Coast Guard mutatis mutandis.

8.15.33 The facility of Additional LTC should be extended to SSB personnel, at par with other CAPFs.

8.15.34 Regarding bringing Railway employees (and employees whose spouses are Railway servants) into the fold of LTC, the following is recommended:

a. No hometown LTC will be admissible to Railway employees, only “All India” LTC will be granted once in four years.
b. For the grant of LTC, all passes for the current year will have to be surrendered.
c. If the employee has already availed of a pass in any year, then LTC will not be allowed in that year.
d. If both spouses are Railway servants, then surrender of passes of any one of them will suffice.
e. For the purposes of this allowance, year means Calendar year.

Mileage Allowance for Journeys by Road
8.15.35 It is more in the nature of entitlement for road journeys performed by different levels of employees. No demands have been received for any change.

Analysis and Recommendations

8.15.36 The Commission is of the view that present provisions are adequate. Hence, status quo may be maintained except at places where no specific rates have been prescribed. There the rates should be enhanced by 50 percent. Accordingly, the following is recommended:

Kind of Place
Level
Mileage Allowance
At places where specific rates have been prescribed
14 or above
Actual fare by any type of public bus including AC bus ORAt prescribed rates of AC taxi when the journey is actually performed by AC taxi ORAt prescribed rates for auto rickshaw for journeys by auto rickshaw, own scooter, motor cycle, moped, etc.
6 to 13
Same as above with the exception that journeys by AC taxi are not permissible
4 and 5
Actual fare by any type of public bus other than AC bus ORAt prescribed rates for auto rickshaw for journeys by auto rickshaw, own scooter, motor cycle, moped, etc.
3 and below
Actual fare by ordinary public bus only ORAt prescribed rates for auto rickshaw for journeys by auto rickshaw, own scooter, motor cycle, moped, etc.
At places where no specific rates have been prescribed either by the Director of Transport of the concerned state or of the neighbouring states
For journeys performed by own car/taxi
Rs.24 per km
For journeys performed by auto rickshaw, own scooter, etc.
Rs.12 per km

8.15.37 At places where no specific rates have been prescribed, the rate per km will go up by 25 percent each time DA rises by 50 percent.

TA on Transfer
8.15.38 Presently it has four components: (a) Travel entitlement similar to Travelling Allowance, (b) Composite Transfer and Packing grant (CTG), (c) Reimbursement of charges on transportation of personal effects, and (d) Reimbursement of charges on transportation of conveyance.

8.15.39 Personnel posted in Island Territories have sought higher CTG on account of greater expenditure involved in transferring their household goods to and from the mainland.

8.15.40 Besides other demands for increase in entitlements, it has been brought to the notice of the Commission that when transfer is from a Class Z city to another Class Z city, the reimbursement for transportation of personal effects is granted at a lower rate compared to when the transfer is to a Class X or Class Y city. Uniformity has been sought in this regard.

Analysis and Recommendations

8.15.41 Each of the four components is discussed separately:

a. Travel entitlement–This is discussed under the topic of “Travelling Allowance.”
b. Composite Transfer and Packing Grant (CTG)–The Commission notes that CTG is payable to both serving as well as retiring employees upon their transfer at a similar rate of one month’s Basic Pay last drawn. In line with our general approach of rationalizing the percentage based allowances by a factor of 0.8, it is recommended that CTG should be paidat the rate of 80 percent of last month’s Basic Pay. However,for transfer to and from the island territories of Andaman, Nicobarand Lakshadweep, CTG may continue to be paid at the rate of 100 percent of last month’s Basic Pay. Presently NPA and MSP are included as a part of Basic Pay while determining entitlement for grant of CTG. The Commission finds no justification for doing so, as the expenditure and inconvenience involved in relocation on transfer/retirement is similar for all employees. Hence, no other add-ons should be allowed in Basic Pay while calculating CTG.

c. Reimbursement of charges on transportation of personal effectsThe following provisions are recommended:

Level
By Train/Steamer
Rate for Transportation by Road
12 and above
6000 kg by goods train/4 wheeler wagon/1 double container
Rs.50 per km
6 to 11
6000 kg by goods train/4 wheeler wagon/1 single container
Rs.50 per km
5
3000 kg
Rs.25 per km
4 and below
1500 kg
Rs.15 per km

The rates will further increase by 25 percent each time DA rises by 50 percent.

The Commission notes that rates for transportation by road are already on a per km basis, and finds no merit in differentiating between classes of cities for this purpose. Hence, considerations of class of city have been done away with.

d. Reimbursement of charges on transportation of conveyance–The present provisions to this effect are adequate. Accordingly, the following is recommended:

Level
Reimbursement
6 and above
One motor car etc. or one motorcycle/scooter
5 and below
One motorcycle/scooter/Moped/bicycle

TA for Retiring Employees
8.15.42 As the name suggests, this allowance is granted to employees upon retirement. Presently it consists of (a) reimbursement of expenditure involved in transportation of conveyance, and (b)a Composite Transfer Grant (CTG) equal to last month’s Basic Paydrawn.

Analysis and Recommendations

8.15.43 The individual components of TA for retiring employees will be similar to TA on Transfer, as outlined above.

Transport Allowance
8.15.44 Transport Allowance (TPTA) is granted to cover the expenditure involved in commuting between place of residence and place of duty. The existing rates are as under:

Employees Drawing
A1/A Class City (Rs. pm)
Other Places (Rs. pm)
GP 5400 and above
3200 + DA
1600 + DA
GP 4200 to GP 4800 and other employees drawing GP<4200 but pay in the pay band equivalent to Rs.7440 and above
1600 + DA
800 + DA
GP<4200 and pay in the pay band below Rs.7440
600 + DA
300 + DA

8.15.45 Moreover, officers drawing GP 10000 and higher, who are entitled to the use of official car, have the option to avail themselves of the existing facility or to draw the TPTA at the rate of Rs.7,000+DA pm. Differently abled employees are granted this allowance at double the rate, subject to a minimum amount of Rs.1,000 plus DA.

8.15.46 Many representations have been received regarding Transport Allowance. Most of them advocate granting the allowance at the same rate to all employees, irrespective of their place of posting, on the grounds that fuel prices affect everybody equally.

Analysis and Recommendations

8.15.47 The Commission notes that TPTA is fully DA-indexed.

8.15.48 The first issue to be considered is whether the rate of Transport Allowance should be the same for all places. There are arguments both for and against this view.

8.15.49 Proponents of the idea argue that petrol prices are almost same everywhere. Moreover, public transport system is better developed in many of the A1/A Class cities, thereby reducing the cost of commuting significantly. The argument, therefore, is that A1/A category places do not need to have a higher rate.

8.15.50 Opponents point out that the categorization of A1/A has been abolished for other purposes (like HRA, CCA) but retained for Transport Allowance. Incidentally, only 13 cities fall under this categorization: six in A1, viz., Hyderabad, Delhi, Bengaluru, Greater Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and seven in A, viz., Ahmedabad, Surat, Nagpur, Pune, Jaipur, Lucknow and Kanpur. Recently, six more cities, viz., Patna, Kochi, Kozhikode, Indore, Coimbatore and Ghaziabad have been added to A1/A categories, making it nineteen in all. (Incidentally, vide a recent notification No. 21(2)/2015-E.II(B) dated 06.08.2015, the use of term “A1/A” has been dropped for these nineteen cities. Hence, the Commission will refer to these nineteen cities as “Higher TPTA cities.”). In all these places the commuting distances are far more than in other cities. Moreover, the public transport system is not as developed as it should be in all these places. Therefore, it is argued, the distinction should remain.

8.15.51 After considering both the viewpoints, the Commission is of the view that by and large the commuting distances and associated difficulties involved in Higher TPTA cities are much more compared to other places. Hence, the argument that the distinction should stay is a valid one.

8.15.52 The second issue is whether Transport Allowance should be the same for all personnel posted at the same place. Here the Commission feels that a question of status of employee is involved and hence, complete parity is not possible.

8.15.53 Regarding the optimal rate of Transport Allowance, the Commission notes that the allowance is already fully DA indexed. Therefore, since DA has already reached 119 percent and is likely to rise further before the implementation of our report, the following rates of Transport Allowance are recommended:

Pay Level
Higher TPTA Cities (Rs. pm)
Other Places (Rs. pm)
9 and above
7200+DA
3600+DA
3 to 8
3600+DA
1800+DA
1 and 2
1350+DA
900+DA

8.15.54 Officers in Pay Level 14 and higher, who are entitled to the use of official car, will ave the option to avail themselves of the existing facility or to draw the TPTA at the rate of Rs.15,750+DA pm. Differently abled employees will continue to be paid at double rate, subject to a minimum of Rs.2,250 plus DA.

Travelling Allowance
8.15.55 This allowance is in the nature of travel entitlements for different ranks of government employees. No demands have been received regarding this allowance.

Analysis and Recommendations

8.15.56 The Commission opines that the present provisions are adequate. Hence, status quo is recommended with the present system of differentiation based on Grade Pay duly substituted by the Levels of the Pay Matrix:

Kind of Travel
Level
Travel entitlement
Travel Entitlement within the country
14 and above
Business/Club class by air OR AC-I by train
12 and 13
Economy class by air OR AC-I by train
9 to 11
Economy class by air OR AC-II by train
6 to 8
AC-II by train
5 and below
First Class/AC-III/AC Chair car by train
International Travel Entitlement
17 and above
First Class
14 to 16
Business/Club class
15 and below
Economy class
Entitlement for journeys by Sea or by River Steamer
9 and above
Highest Class
6 to 8
Lower class if there be two classes only on the steamer
4 and 5
If two classes only, the lower class. If three classes, the middle or second class. If four classes, the third class
3 and below
Lowest class
Entitlement for travel between the mainland and the A&N and Lakshadweep Groups of Islands by ships operated by the Shipping Corporation of Indian Limited
9 and above
Deluxe class
6 to 8
First/’A’ Cabin class
4 and 5
Second/’B’ Cabin class
3 and below
Bunk class

8.15.57 It is suggested that Indian Railways reconsider its position regarding air travel to its employees, in light of the possible savings in terms of cost and man-hours, particularly after the pay revision as recommended by the Commission. The fact that additional seats will be released in trains for the public will be an added advantage.