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Cabinet to decide on allowances under Pay Commission: Arun Jaitley

As far as allowances are concerned, 51 have been abolished while 37 have been subsumed
The Union will take a decision on the suggestions of a special committee which has been set up to look into the provision of allowances under the recommendations, Finance Minister said on Tuesday.
Replying to a question on the pay commission in Rajya Sabha, the minister said the government has decided that the recommendations on allowances, other than dearness allowance, will be examined by a committee headed by Finance Secretary as chairperson and Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Health and Family Welfare among others as its members.
The committee, which was constituted on July 22, has been asked to submit its report within four months. Its first meeting took place on August 4.
"As far as allowances are concerned, 51 have been abolished while 37 have been subsumed. As the measures are radical in nature, even the employees' unions have given their suggestions in the matter and therefore a special committee has been formed to look into it. Whatever the committee decides, it will go to the Cabinet," Jaitley said.
The matters relating to pay and pension as decided by the government have been implemented with effect from January one this year.
Women May Get Maternity Leave for 26 Weeks

Labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya may table the bill in Rajya Sabha today
Labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya may table the much-awaited amendment to Maternity Benefit Act, 1961bill in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday , paving way for 26 weeks of maternity leave to working women. Move is also aimed at providing 12 weeks of maternity leave to commissioning mothers and introducing an enabling provision of “work from home“ for nursing mothers. The changes proposed by the labour ministry have been recently approved by the Cabinet, a senior labour ministry official told ET.
Since these changes proposed to the Act are women friendly the ministry is hopeful that the amendment bill will sail through the Upper House. Following its passage in Rajya Sabha the bill will be tabled in Lok Sabha where the Modi government enjoys a majority.
“As per the proposed amendments, maternity leave for women working in both private and public sector will be enhanced to 26 weeks as against the existing 12 weeks,“ the official said, adding that the 26-week leave, however, will be not be available to those women employees who have two or more children.
According to the official, the amended Act will also propose 12 weeks of maternity leave to commissioning mothers who use surrogates to bear a child as well as to working women adopting a baby below the age of three months.“Additionally , the amended Act will have an enabling provision that would allow nursing moms to work from home even after 26 weeks of maternity leave, depending upon their job profile,“ the official added.
But, work-from-home option will be available where the nature of work assigned to the employee permits her to do so.The woman employee and her employer have to mutually agree on the duration of the `work from home' arrangement.
The “women-friendly“ steps also include making it must for firms with 50 employees to have creches individually or a few firms can set up a common facility within a prescribed distance.
The employer will have to allow four visits to the creche which will include the interval of rest allowed to women employees.