7th Central Pay Commission Detachment Allowance Committee’s Recommendation
Existing Provisions: Detachment Allowance is granted to CAPF troops deployed continuously for operational considerations in situations away from permanent HQ. The present rates are as under:
Recommendations of 7th CPC: Detachment Allowance already includes provisions for food. Hence, presenting a choice between Detachment Allowance and Ration Money Allowance, as is presently the practice, is not logical. No Ration Money Allowance should be granted with Detachment Allowance. Where free rations are provided, only 50 percent of the Detachment Allowance should be granted. Since the allowance is already partially indexed to DA, the rates should be enhanced by a factor of 1.5 to the following:
The rate of this allowance will increase by 25 percent each time the DA increases by 50 percent. The CAPF personnel will now have the following options to choose from:
a. Detachment Allowance + [Special Duty Allowance (as and where applicable) OR Tough Location Allowance (as and where applicable)]
b. Risk and Hardship Allowance (as and where applicable) + Ration Money Allowance The Detachment Allowance should be enhanced by 50 percent in both J&K as well as LWE theatres.
Detachment Allowance will be granted at full rate for first 10 days, at 75 percent of the full rate for next 10 days and at 50 percent of the full rate for the remaining period. The existing conditionality of return to HQ for continuation of the allowance beyond 180 days should be removed in case of CAPF personnel.
The amount of allowance will increase by 25% each time DA rises by 50%.
I. Ministry of Home Affairs: Due to various law and order requirements emerging in different parts of the country, the CAPF personnel need to be deployed from one place to another frequently on short notice which leads to higher expenditure. Therefore, the Detachment Allowance for first 180 days may be given at 100%.
II. Defence Forces: This allowance may be extended to them as per rates of CAPFs on the principle of reciprocity.
Analysis and Recommendations of the Committee:
The Committee notes that the 7 th CPC has already recommended that the existing conditionality of return to HQ for continuation of the allowance beyond 180 days be removed. The other recommendation governing the rates of this allowance are as per the existing provisions in this regard. On the demand of the Defence Forces, MoD has stated that this issue can be addressed internally by them. The recommendations of the 7th CPC on Detachment Allowance may, therefore,be accepted without any change.