7th Pay Commission | Committee Report | Professional Update Allowance
Existing Provisions: This allowance is granted to Scientists/Engineers in certain scientific department like DAE, ISRO etc. to encourage their employees to obtain latest information and keep themselves update to widen their horizon of knowledge.
The present rates are as under:
Recommendations of 7th CPC: The 7th CPC has recommended that the amount should be increased by 50 percent. It should be extended to DG, DRDO also. The amount will further rise by 25% each time DA rises by 50%.
I. National Council (Staff Side), JCM: Non-gazetted staff of the Department of Atomic Energy get ₹7500/- as Update Allowance. However, while recommending enhancing the Professional Update Allowance to Gazetted Scientific community, the 7th CPC has not recommended the increase in Professional Update Allowance for Non – Gazetted employees of the Department of Atomic Energy. Therefore, Professional Update Allowance for all other sections of employees should be increased by 50%.
II. M/o Health & FW: ₹15000 per annum be granted to Nursing personnel as Professional Update Allowance.
III. Department of Atomic Energy: Professional Update Allowance which is being paid to Scientific Officers / Technical Officers below GP – 5400 and all Technical, Admin, Purchase & Stores and Auxiliary category employees, should be continued and increased by 50% as that of Professional Update Allowance. At present, the Update
Allowance is being paid @₹ 7500/- per year.
Analysis and Recommendations of the Committee:
It has been brought to the notice of the Committee by DAE that Update Allowance is being paid @ ₹7500/- per year to Scientific Officers/Technical Officers below GP – 5400 and all Technical, Administrative, Purchase & Stores and Auxiliary category employees in Department of Atomic Energy. Therefore, the Committee recommends that the Update Allowance may continue to be paid to Scientific Officer/Technical Officers below GP – 5400 and all Technical, Administrative, Purchase & Stores and Auxiliary category employees in Department of Atomic Energy at the existing rates. The recommendations of the 7th CPC be accepted along with the modifications proposed above.
The demand of the Ministry of H&FW to grant this allowance to Nurses does not come under the purview of the Committee.
The additional financial implications are estimated to be ₹ 8.50 crore per annum and will benefit approximately 23400 personnel.