7th Pay Commission Report – Advances for Central Government Employees

7th CPC recommendations for abolishing 12 types of interest fee Advances for Festival, TA, Tour, LTC Advance, Leave Salary, etc.  Out of interest bearing advances, HBA and PC advance have been retained all other advances are to be abolished

7th CPC has submitted its recommendations to the Central Government to abolish interest free advances  which are Bicycle Advance, Warm Clothing Advance, Advance of Pay on Transfer, Advance of TA to the family of a deceased government employee,  Advance of LTC, Advance of Leave Salary, Advance in connection with medical treatment, Festival Advance, Advance in the event of natural calamity like flood, drought, cyclone, etc., Advance for training in Hindi through Correspondence Course, and Advance for Law Suits.

Two types of advances are granted to government employees: Interest-free and Interest-bearing.

Interest-free Advances

Presently 12 interest-free advances are permissible. Their details are as follows:

Table 1 : Interest-free Advances

S.No.

Name

Amount

Eligibility

Remarks

1

Bicycle Advance Rs.4500 GP<=2800 Recoverable in max 30 monthly installments

2

Warm Clothing Advance Rs.4500 All Group C employees posted at a hill station either on first appointment or on transfer, for a period of not less than one year Recoverable in max 12 monthly installments

3

Advance of Pay on Transfer 1 month’s pay OR2 months’ pay in case of transfer due to shift of HQ as a result of government policy All employees transferred from one station to another in public interest Recoverable in max 3 monthly installments

4

Advance of TA on Tour/ Transfer/ Retirement An amount sufficient to cover the officials’ personal travelling expenses for a month or six weeks in case of prolonged tours All cases where TA is admissible The advance shall be adjusted immediately after completion of tour

5

Advance of TA to the family of a deceased government employee Limited to 3/4th of probable expenses admissible under the rules Same as for retirement/transfer

6

Advance of LTC Up to 90% of the fare All eligible Central Government Employees

7

Advance of Leave Salary An amount not exceeding the net amount of leave salary including allowances for the first 30 days of leave after deduction of PF, House Rent, Income Tax, Recovery of Advances, etc. All officials proceeding on leave for a period not less than 30 days Adjusted against the monthly salary bills

8

Advance in connection with medical treatment 90% of the package deal for specific major illnesses.Rs.10,000 for indoor treatment or outdoor treatment of 3 months or less for cancer.Rs.36,000 for treatment of TB where duration is more than 3 months All Central Government employees except Railway employees

9

Festival Advance

Rs.4500

GP<=4800 Recoverable in max 10 monthly installments

10

Advance in the event of natural calamity like flood, drought, cyclone, etc.

Rs.7500

All non-Gazetted employees Recoverable in max 12 monthly installments

11

Advance for training in Hindi through Correspondence Course

Rs.450

For those Central Government employees who undergo training through correspondence course conducted by the Central Hindi Directorate

12

Advance for Law Suits

Rs.500

All Central Government employees Recoverable in max 24 monthly installments

There is a general demand from the JCM-Staff Side to increase all interest-free advances to three times their present value.

Analysis and Recommendations

As can be seen from the table above, the amount of most of the advances is quite low. With the increased salary packages provided after successive Pay Commissions, these advances have lost their relevance. Hence, to do away with outdated provisions and thereby save on the costs involved in administering these advances, it is recommended that all Interest-free advances should be abolished.

Interest-bearing Advances

The following four Interest-bearing advances are presently admissible:

Table 2 : Interest-bearing Advances

S.No. Name Amount Eligibility Remarks
1 Motor Car Advance Rs.1,80,000 on first occasion and Rs.1,60,000 subsequently OR 8 months’ Basic Pay OR anticipated price of car, whichever is least Pay in the pay band of Rs.19,530 or more, excluding GP Recoverable in max 200 monthly installments
2 Motorcycle/ Scooter/ Moped Advance Rs.30,000 on first occasion and Rs.24,000 subsequently OR 4 months’ Basic Pay OR anticipated price of Motorcycle/ Scooter/Moped, whichever is least Rs.20,000 OR anticipated price of Moped only, whichever is less if pay<8560 Pay in the pay band of Rs.8,560 or more, excluding GP Recoverable in max 70 monthly installments
3 Advance for purchase of Personal Computer Rs.80,000 on first occasion and Rs.75,000 subsequently OR anticipated price of PC, whichever is less Pay in the pay band of Rs.19,530 or more, excluding GP Recoverable in max 150 monthly installments
4 House Building Advance (HBA) 34 months’ Basic Pay OR Rs.7,50,000 OR Cost of House OR repaying capacity, whichever is the least for new construction/purchase of new house/flat. For a new house, the cost ceiling limit shall be 134 times the pay in the pay band subject to a minimum of Rs.7.50 lakh and a maximum of Rs.30.00 lakh relaxable up to a maximum of 25% of the revised maximum cost ceiling of Rs.30.00 lakh. The maximum limit for grant of HBA for enlargement of existing house shall be 34 months’ of pay in the pay band subject to a maximum of Rs.1.80 lakh or cost of the enlargement or repaying capacity, whichever is the least. All permanent officials or officials with at least 10 years of continuous service Recovery of principal in max 180 monthly instalments and Recovery of interest in max 60 installments subsequently

Analysis and Recommendations

The present position is that meagre funds are allotted for these advances and only a few manage to avail this facility. In fact, budget provision for all of them, except Advance for purchase of Personal Computer, has been reducing over the years, as can be seen from the graph below 35:

Regarding Motor Car Advance and Motor Cycle/Scooter/Moped Advance, we are of the view that quite a few schemes for purchase of vehicles are available in the market from time to time. The employees should avail of these schemes and both these advances should be abolished.

Regarding other interest-bearing advances, the following is recommended:

S.No.

Name of Advance

Recommended Ceiling

Recommendations

1

PAdvance Rs.50,000 or actual price of PC, whichever is lower May be allowed maximum five times in the entire service.

2

HBA 34 times Basic Pay OR Rs.25 lakh OR anticipated price of house, whichever is least The requirement of minimum 10 years of continuous service to avail of HBA should be reduced to 5 years. If both spouses are government servants, HBA should be admissible to both separately. Existing employees who have already taken Home Loans from banks and other financial institutions should be allowed to migrate to this scheme. 

Source : Download 7th Pay Commission Report

 

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