Report of the Committee : Book Allowance (Para 8.4.6) – 7th Pay Commission
Book Allowance (Para 8.4.6)
Existing Provisions: The allowance is granted to trainee officers of the Indian Foreign Service for purchase of books and study material and is paid as one-time grant of ₹15,000.
Recommendations of 7th CPC: The 7th CPC has recommended that this allowance be permitted only for buying instructional material for learning foreign language. It also specifically mentions that no other recommendations are required.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA): This allowance is specific to IFS, the quantum of the allowance may be determined by the MEA.
Analysis and Recommendations of the Committee:
The quantum of allowances is determined as per the recommendations of Pay Commissions. Accepting the demand of MEA will lead to other Departments also raising similar demands in respect of other Department-specific allowances. Given the expenditure implications, rates of allowances can be revised only with the concurrence of Department of Expenditure. Committee notes that no change in the rates of the allowance has been recommended by the 7th CPC. The recommendations of the 7th CPC on Book Allowance may be accepted without any change.