7th Pay Commission: Govt hikes ‘dress’ allowance for diplomats, SPG officers

New Delhi Oct 9: The dress allowance given to diplomats and elite Special Protection Group (SPG) officers, entrusted with the security of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former prime ministers and their families, have been hiked considerably.
The move comes on the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission. SPG officers during operational duties would get R27,800 annually and on non-operational work would get R21,225 a year as dress allowance, according to an official order.
Before the implementation of the panel’s recommendation, the officers were getting Rs9,000 annually as uniform allowance. The SPG guards Modi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, her children Rahul and Priyanka, among others.
The pay commission had in its report recommended an annual grant of R10,000 as dress allowance. The panel’s report was examined by a Committee on Allowances headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa. The Seventh Central Pay Commission examined 196 allowances given to various categories of central government employees.
“Outfit allowance, paid to Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officers and employees will continue to be provided as before, is enhanced by 50%,” the order issued recently by the finance ministry said. The IFS officers were getting R5,625 to R10,625 per posting abroad, depending on their grade, as uniform allowance. The uniform allowance given to all categories of employees was recommended to be abolished as a separate grant by the pay commission, that had recommended it is subsumed in the newly-proposed dress allowance. Officers of the Indian Army, Air Force, Navy, central armed police forces, central police organisations and coast guards would get a dress allowance of R20,000 per year. (Agencies)_