A number of allowances have been granted to central government employees that add to the salaries that are paid to them. However, there are times when such benefits are pulled away. This is one such instance wherein a 7th Pay Commission linked allowance has been scrapped, but importantly, Centre has said that there will be a different one in lieu of that.
It has been revealed by an official statement that Group A Officers of Indian Railways will no longer be able to draw an allowance. The Railway Ministry has actually abolished the Charge Allowance for the officers in Group A. The decision is taken after considering the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission. The same issue was being followed up ever since the report was first unveiled. In the order issued by the Railway Board, the allowance is being terminated w.e.f. July 1, 2017. However, the Railway Board has also said that it will be implemented on the same date with necessary changes.
7th Pay Commission: Loss of Rs 1500 every month
The Railway Board arranged a system in which officers who do not get promoted in 3 to 6 years used to be given a charge allowance of Rs 1,500 per month. However now after the new order by Railway Board, Group A officers will not be getting any such amount.
7th Pay Commission: Charge Allowance not included
According to the order by Railway Board, the charge allowance is being discontinued as it is not included in the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The Railway Board approached the Committee of Finance Secretary to take a decision on the 7th CPC report and the recommendations by the committee have been implemented from 1 July 2017.
What is charge allowance under 7th Pay Commission?
The officer who works more than the work he/she is entitled to do as per their designation used to get a charge allowance.
What the Official Statement said
According to the official statement dated 08.08.2019, “It is ordered that the 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 7th CPC and hence stands abolished w.e.f. 01.07.2017.”
The statement added, “It has now been decided by the Railway Board… 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.”
What does Mutatis Mutandis Mean?
It refers to a situation wherein necessary changes are made as ordered but this is done without affecting the main point at issue.