New Delhi: In a bonanza to 48 lakh central government employees, the Union Cabinet has approved recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for hike in allowances with effect from July 1 this year on Wednesday.
The decision of hike in allowances will impose an additional annual burden of Rs 30,748 crore on the exchequer.
The allowances as recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission would have cost the exchequer Rs 29,300 crore. The modified allowances approved by the Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will increase the burden by Rs 1,448 crore to Rs 30,748 crore per annum.
Briefing the media after the Cabinet meeting, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the modifications are based on suggestions made by the CoA in its report submitted to the Finance Minister on April 27, and the Empowered Committee of Secretaries set up to screen the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.
The 7th Pay Commission suggested abolition of 53 allowances. Of these, the government decided not to do away with 12 allowances, he said.
This will benefit over one lakh employees belonging to specific categories in railways, posts, defence and scientific departments.