7th Pay Commission: Ration in cash for Armed personnel, big relief announced for Delhi employees
The Delhi Lieutenant Governor has approved the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission. In another development, the Armed Forces officers serving in forward bases will continue to their free ration and those posted in peace stations will be provided the benefit in cash.
This is great news for those officers serving in peace stations. The pay panel had recommended that the free rations for these officers be scrapped. In Delhi meanwhile following the approval of the recommendations, the salaries of DTC staff will go up from Rs 10,000 to Rs 30,000.
Ration in cash
A senior army official recently had even sent a legal notice to the defence secretary over the scrapping of free rations to those posted in peace stations. The said the cash would be credited directly into the bank accounts of the officers and the decision will benefit nearly 43,000 officers.
"While those in forward stations, will continue to get their free ration without any change, officers posted in peace stations will be provided this benefit in cash. There is no change in ration allowance for (JCOs) junior commissioned officers and PBORs (Personnel Below officer rank) numbering more than 9 lakh.
As far as an ongoing case in this regard in the tribunal is concerned, the government will give the rationale behind the decision, in the judicial process as and when a notice is received, the government has decided.
What the commission had said
The 7th Pay Commission in its recommendations on pay and allowances of the armed forces had said that the provision of free rations and the grant of ration money allowance to officers of defence forces posted in peace areas should be withdrawn. However, the government while considering this recommendation took a different view, given the important role of the armed forces, the sources said.
Great news for DTC employees
The decision by the Delhi LG to approve the pay panel's recommendations will benefit thousands of employees of the public transporter. "Approved the proposal for implementing 7th Pay Commission in DTC. Urge DTC employees to make bus transport in Delhi the best," Anil Baijal tweeted. After the recommendation is implemented, it will provide a financial benefit to about 17,000 DTC staff. It will result in salary hikes in the range of around Rs 10,000 to 30,000 as per seniority.
Average pay hike is 20 per cent
The average pay hike will be around 20 percent In August the Delhi government had notified implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations for its more than one lakh employees.