Internet Allowance, Newspaper Allowance, Mobile Phone Allowance : Recommendations of the Committee
Internet Allowance, Newspaper Allowance, Mobile Phone Allowance (Para 8.17.59-61)
Existing Provisions: These allowances are administered differently in Ministries as per their requirements. These are also subject to instructions issued in this regard by D/o Expenditure from time to time.
Recommendations of 7th CPC: The 7th CPC has recommended that the Ministries should continue dealing with these allowances on their own, subject to the ceilings notified by the Ministry of Finance. The present ceilings should, however, be raised by 25 percent and the entire amount should be paid, lump sum, to the eligible employees without the need for production of vouchers.
M/o Health & FW: This allowance may be granted to Nurses at par with other Central Government employees. It was argued that for Nurses working in Central Government Hospital and for Public Health Nurses, mobile phone is the only means to remain connected with patients / higher authorities.
Analysis and Recommendations of the Committee:
The Committee notes that the demand of the Ministry of Health & FW is to add a new category of beneficiary. It does not, therefore, come under the purview of the Committee. The recommendations of the 7 th CPC in regard to these allowances are aimed at simplifying the procedures governing these allowances and should be implemented to the extent possible at the earliest.
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