Classification Allowance (Para 8.9.10) : Report of the Committee – 7th Pay Commission.
Existing Provisions: Classification Allowance is given to PBORs of all three services on attaining certain trade related qualifications in each group. When a sepoy enters service, he is categorized as C14. As he acquires skills, for e.g. weapons handling training, he moves up to C13, then further to C12 and ultimately to C11. For each stage, he receives this allowance at the following rates:
Recommendations of 7th CPC: 7th CPC has recommended to raise the rates of this allowance by a factor of 2.25 to ₹270 per month for each stage for X group and to ₹225 per month for each stage for Y group.
Defence Forces: Classification Allowance be allowed to all JCOs on their promotion or these may be allowed to be subsumed in the Pay at the time of promotion to JCO.
Analysis and Recommendations of the Committee:
The demand of the Defence Forces does not emanate from any recommendations made by the 7th CPC and does not, therefore, fall within the remit of this Committee. MoD has also not made any recommendation in this regard. The recommendations of the 7th CPC on Classification Allowance may, therefore, be accepted without any change