VIEWS OF INDIAN AUDIT AND ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT ON RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 7
|Sl.||Subject||Recommendation of 7
|Views of Indian Audit and Accounts Department|
|1.||Issues related to Pay of (a) main stream cadre (b) DA cadre and (c) other cadres such as Rajbhasha, DEO, Staff Car Drivers etc.||The 7th CPC, under para 11.62.20 (page 836) has recommended for replacement pay level for AAO, AO and Sr. AO. Further under para 11.12.140
(page- 526) of its recommendations, the 7th CPC has recommended that all officers in organised accounts cadre (in Indian Audit and Accounts
Department, Defence Accounts Department, India Civil Accounts Organization, railway, Post and Telecommunications) who are in GP Rs.4800/-
should be upgraded, on completion of four years’ service to GP Rs.5400, viz Pay level 9, in the pay matrix.
(a) Main Stream Cadre The recommendations of 7th CPC in respect of pay scales of Sr. AO, AO and AAOs in IA &AD are as mentioned below:
|We reiterate the demand submitted in the memorandum before the 7th CPC in respect of the main stream cadre as well as Divisional Accountant
cadre, which are as mentioned below:
(a) Main Stream cadre:
Auditor / Accountant cadre:
|(b) Divisional Accountant Cadre:
Replacement scale has been recommended by the 7th CPC
|(b) Divisional Accountant Cadre:
Divisional Accounts Officer Grade-I;-
Senior Divisional Accounts Officer;-
|(c) Other cadres such as Rajbhasha, DEO, Staff Car Drivers etc. Replacement scale has been recommended by the 7th CPC||( c) No comments.|
|2.||Issues related to Allowances:||House Rent Allowance:
The Commission recommends that HRA be paid at the rate of 24 percent, 16 percent and 8 percent of the new Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z
cities respectively. The Commission also recommends that the rate of HRA will be revised to 27 percent, 18 percent and 9 percent
respectively when DA crosses 50 percent, and further revised to 30 percent, 20 percent and 10 percent when DA crosses 100 percent”
|In para 8.7.14, the Commission took note of the link between increase in HRA and increase in house rent after implementation of
recommendations of 6th CPC. There was a sharp rise in the index from the first half of 2009, immediately following 6th CPC recommendations. There is likely to a similar rise in House Rent after implementation of recommendations of 7 th CPC. Hence the existing percentage of House Rent may be retained at the rate of 30 percent, 20 percent and 10 percent of the
new Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively
|Composite Transfer and Packing Grant (CTG)
The Commission recommended that CTG should be paid at the rate of 80 percent of last month basic’s pay. However, for transfer to and from
the island territories of Andaman, Nicobar and Lakshadweep, CTG may continue to be paid at the rate of 100 percent of last month’s Basic
|As the labour charges and cost of packing materials are continuously rising, the CTG may continue to be paid at the rate of 100 percent of
last month’s Basic Pay.
|Reimbursement of staying accommodation charges:
The commission made flowing recommendations:
For levels 8 and below, the amount of claim (up to the ceiling) may be paid without production of vouchers against self-certified claim
|The main objective of the Audit Department is to carry out Audit function which entails long periods of stay out of headquarters.
Consequently, officials at pay level 5 to 11 have to visit small towns (at Block/Sub-division level). For such places, as per
recommendations of the 7th CPC, officials of pay level 8 and below will be entitled to the claim without production of vouchers
(ie. against self-certified claim only), where as officials of the pay level 9 and above will have to produce vouchers for the similar
To eradicate such anomalous situation, it is submitted that claims, as admissible upto pay level 8, may be paid without production of
vouchers against self-certified claim to all pay level officials.
|Reimbursement of travelling charges:
The commission made flowing recommendations:
Similar to Reimbursement of staying accommodation charges, for levels 8 and below, the claim (up to the ceiling) should be paid without
|In the same analogy, as mentioned against reimbursement of staying accommodation charges above, it is submitted that claims, as admissible
upto pay level 8, may be paid without production of vouchers against self-certified claim to all pay level officials.
|Family Planning Allowance:-
The Pay Commission has recommended to abolish the Family Planning Allowances
|This is an incentive for promoting small family norms and therefore, it needs to be continued.|
|3.||Issues related to Advances:||Interest free advances:
The pay Commission has recommended abolition of Medical Advance.
|As per the existing practice, medical advance is paid to an employee to the extent of 90% of the estimated cost of treatment in case of
treatment of self and dependents. Cost of treatment for illness particularly of critical/life threatening ailments, such as heart
transplant/ cancer/ kidney transplant etc., even under CGHS rules, is extremely expensive. It is also pertinent to note that many hospitals
even in emergent situations insist on advance payment before commencing treatment/surgery. It is very difficult for a low paid employee
such as MTS/LDC/UDC etc or even for group ‘B’ and ‘A’ officers to make available large amounts required for medical treatment. Without
medical advance, an official will have great difficulty in getting proper/appropriate medication.
Therefore, it is submitted that medical advance may be continued with as per existing practice.
|TA Advance:||The main function of IA &AD is auditing of Central/State Government/ PSUs
These auditee units are spread across the states down to the block/Panchayat level. In order to discharge audit responsibility, touring is
a continuous requirement. It is not an occasional tour for short period, expenditure of which can be met out by the individual and
reimbursement claimed subsequently.
The officials have to be on tour continuously for upto a quarter (i.e 03 months)
or even more.
For an official at pay level 6(Senior Auditor), as per the recommendations of the 7th CPC, the tour allowance for a day works
out to Rs. 1770/- (Rs. 750 for accommodation+225 for travelling +Rs. 800 for food bills) and for a month it would be Rs. 53250/-. Besides,
he has to incur expenditure for to and fro (i.e Hqrs. to field office and back) train/ bus fare. Monthly salary of a pay level 6 employee,
as per recommendations of 7th CPC is Rs. 35400/-. As is clearly brought out, the likely monthly expenditure on tour will be
significantly more than the employees’ monthly salary.
Therefore, advance is necessary to defray tour expenditure for performing official duties. This will create huge administrative issues in
the department and adversely impact the Audit functions.
In view of the above, TA Advance, requires to be continued and paid as per extant provisions.
|LTC Advance:||Under LTC facility the expenses incurred on travel to visit the destination is reimbursable. Advance upto 90% of expenses on travel to
visit the destination place is admissible. This amount serves as great help to the employees to undertake the journey in arranging
train/air tickets. Without this advance, the employees will find it difficult to purchase train/air tickets for his family.
Besides travelling expenses, an official has to incur expenditure on account of Boarding and lodging/local travel also.
As per the recommendation of 7th CPC, officials of pay level 05 to 08 are entitled to travel by train. The travel tickets for
family of four will cost more than Rs. 18000/- for a journey from Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram. Further, for level 9 and above the return
tickets in economy class for the same destination i.e. Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram will cost more than Rs. 2 lakh.
A government official cannot afford such a huge amount to spent upfront for performing journey for availing home town LTC or All India LTC.
Hence LTC advance is required to be continued as per extant provisions.
|Bicycle Advance, Warm Clothing Advance,||These advances may continued to be paid as per existing rules as these are admissible only to low paid employees upto Grade pay of Rs. 2800
/- (Level 5)
|Festival advance, advance in the event of natural calamities like Flood, Drought, Cyclone etc.||These advances may continue to be paid as per existing rules as these interest free advances are payable to Group ‘B & C’ employees as
a welfare measure.
|Advance of TA to a family of a deceased Govt. employee
|This advance may continue to be paid as per existing rules as this helps the family of a deceased Govt. employee to cope with immediate
expenses for travel to their place of settlement.
|Interest Bearing Advances:-|
|The Pay Commission has recommended abolishing of Motor Car/Motor Cycle Advance.||The Pay Commission has abolished the Motor Car/Motor Cycle Advance on the plea that there are several schemes available in market. There
are several schemes in the markets for House Building Advance also. However, the Pay Commission has not only recommended to continue with
HBA but also proposed to increase the ceiling. Therefore, the plea of the commission to discontinue MCA on the basis that schemes for
purchase of vehicles are available in the market does not hold good.
Further, several documentation/guarantees are required for seeking the said advances from the market. As it is convenient and safe for a
Government Servant to avail such advances from the office without any hassles, these interest bearing advances may be continued as per the
|Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to retired Govt. Servants:
The Commission has maintained status quo of the Fixed Medical Allowance which is presently paid @ Rs. 500/- per month.
|The costs have increased for medicines, consultations fees and Pathological Tests required for day to day medical treatment. This has risen
at a much steeper rate than that of the General Price Index. A large number of pensioners are residing in remote areas or villages having
no access to CGHS dispensaries and as such are wholly dependent on the paltry amount of Fixed Medical Allowance for day to day treatment..
Therefore it needs to be revised to at least Rs. 2000/- per month.
|Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS):
Assured Career Progression was introduced in 1999 with a view to grant at least two financial up gradations at an interval of 12 and 24
years where officials are stagnating for want of promotion. It was further modified to 03 financial up gradations on the recommendations of
the 6th CPC. However, the 7th CPC recommended continuing with the same without any change. Also the bench mark has been increased from
‘Good’ to ‘ Very Good’
|There should be at least four financial upgradations in entire service career of an employee at regular interval of 8 years. Hence, the
MACPS may be granted to an employee after completion of 8, 16, 24 and 32 years of service. Further, the bench mark for financial up
gradation may be continued as per the existing practice – i.e. the bench mark prescribed for the post for promotion.
|Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS):
The following rate of contribution and insurance coverage has been proposed by the 7th CPC;
|Since, there is steep rise in the monthly deductions, the following eductions and insurance amount is proposed:
|Transport Allowance (TPTA)
The 7th CPC has just revised the Transport Allowance by merging 125% of DA with the existing rate of transport allowance. The
revised rates are as mentioned below:
|The following is proposed for the revised Transport Allowance (TPTA)
|Child Care Leave (CCL):
The 7th CPC has proposed that CCL should be granted at 100 percent of the salary for first 365 days, but at 80 percent of the
salary for the next 365 days. However, CCL has been extended to single parent also.
|It is proposed that the CCL be paid at 100 percent of salary for the entire period.|
|Children Education Allowance (CEA):
The Commission has recommended CEA @Rs. 2250/- per month and Hostel Subsidy @ Rs. 6750/- per month.
|Keeping in view the steep rise in tuition fees, cost of stationery, Books, Uniform etc. the CEA and Hostel Subsidy may be increased @ Rs.
3000/-and @ Rs. 8000/- per month respectively.
|Special Casual Leave (SCL):
SCL is granted to employees to cover their absence from duty for various occasions like sports events, cultural activities, participation
in Republic Day Parade, voluntary blood donation, Trade Union meetings, etc. Full pay is granted during SCL and it can be sanctioned with
retrospective effect also.
The Pay Commission has expressed its concern at the widespread use of SCL as a means of getting away from duty. However, because of the
extensive scope and case specific nature of this leave, no concrete recommendations have been made.
It has suggested that the government may, however, consider the following:
(a) Review the purposes for which SCL is presently granted.
(b) Limit the number of purposes for which an employee can be granted SCL in a year.
(c) Limit the total number of days that an employee can be granted SCL in a year.
|Since SCL is granted to employees to cover their absence from duty for various occasions like sports events, cultural activities,
participation in Republic Day Parade, voluntary blood donation, Trade Union meetings/ casting votes in their constituency, it may be
continued to be granted as per existing practice.
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