Secretaries' panel to decide on HRA proposals today

The Asian Age With Agency Inputs

Business, Economy

Employees' union has demanded an HRA of 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent of their basic salary.

HRA has been key focus of talks at pay panel meetings.

Mumbai: The Empowered Committee of Secretaries will take a final call on draft proposals for hiking house rent allowance of central government employees at its meeting today.

"The final draft on the proposals submitted by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa led panel will finalised today. Following another meeting on June 1, the same would be submitted to the Union Cabinet for final approval," a report on news portal oneindia.com said.

Employees' union of Central government has been demanding an increase in HRA of their basic pay in the range of 10 per cent, 20 per cent and 30 per cent based on their rankings and pay packages.

"The meeting would be held during which several proposals and demands being made by the central government employees will be discussed," the report said.

These employees started to agitate after they came to know about 'meagre' hike in salary and insignificant increase in house rent allowances was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission.

It was earlier reported that the Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha has given an assurance that by June 1 he would try to send the approved draft to the Union Cabinet for their consideration.

Earlier, a panel was set up to study recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission under the stewardship of Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa. Lavasa panel after vetting the draft thoroughly had proposed an HRA in the range of 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent.

Today's meeting may take up hike in basic salary and arrears on revised allowances will also be discussed, the report added.

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