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Govt hikes ‘dress’ allowance for diplomats, SPG officers

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
By Ashwini Shrivastava

New Delhi: 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 Rs 27,800 annually and on non-operational work would get Rs 21,225 a year as dress allowance, according to an official order. Before the implementation of the panel's recommendation, the officers were getting Rs 9,000 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 Rs 10,000 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 per cent," the order issued recently by the finance ministry said.

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