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New Delhi: The high-level committee headed by finance secretary Ashok Lavasa on allowances under the 7th Pay Commission is expected to submit its final report this week to finance minister Arun Jaitley, according to Zee News.

The committee had held a conclusive meeting on 6 April, according to Zee News. The committee has been tasked to examine the 7th Pay Commission recommendation for abolition of 53 allowances out of a total of 196 and subsuming another 36 into larger existing ones, according to the Zee News report.

In its previous meeting on 28 March, the Lavasa committee sought comments from the ministries of railways, defence and posts on treatment of 14 allowances, the report said. Some of these allowances include accidental allowance, outstation detention allowance, trip allowance, and ghat allowance.

Earlier, the 7th Pay Commission had recommended fixing the rate of house rent allowance (HRA) at 24%, 16% and 8% of the basic pay for Class X, Y, and Z cities respectively, according to the report. It had also recommended that whenever DA crosses 50%, the rate of HRA be revised to 27%, 18% and 9% respectively, according to Zee News. Likewise, it should be revised to 30%, 20% and 10% when DA crosses 100%.

The Pay Commission had also recommended abolition of or subsuming of allowances like acting, assisting cashier, cycle, condiment, flying squad, haircutting, rajbhasha, rajdhani, robe, shoe, shorthand, soap, spectacle, uniform, vigilance and washing, according to Zee News.

The final recommendations on allowances will benefit over 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners. The Lavasa Committee was constituted in June last year after the government implemented the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.

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