7th CPC OTA Recommendations – Allowance & Benefits
The much-awaited report of the 7th Pay Commission has recommended that the overtime allowance (OTA) be stopped for Central Government employees, except for industrial employees. The Commission suggests that the abolition of this allowance will result in the savings of government expenditure. However, the Commission has also recommended that in case any employee is required to work beyond their usual working hours, they should be given compensatory time-off in lieu of the overtime allowance. This move is expected to ensure that employees are not overworked and that the government is able to manage expenses effectively.
Overtime Allowance (OTA)
Overtime Allowance (OTA) is granted to government employees for performing duties beyond the designated working hours. Presently, OTA is paid in several ministries/ departments, up to a certain level, at varying rates.
JCM-Staff Side has demanded that OTA should be paid to all government employees who are asked to work beyond office hours, on the basis of actual Pay, DA and Transport Allowance.
Analysis and Recommendations: Out of the total expenditure on OTA in Government of India in 2012-2013, over 90 percent is on account of just two ministries: MoR – Ministry of Railways and MoD – Ministry of Defence (Civilian employees). The Commission compared the OTA expenditure in these two ministries over the period 2006-07 to 2012-13
There are two noteworthy points here: a. While OTA as a percentage of Pay is declining in MoD (6.54% in 2012-13 compared to 7.91% in 2006-07), it is on the rise in MoR (2.58% in 2012-13 compared to 2.09% in 2006-07)
b. The Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of OTA (17.24%) in MoR exceeds even the CAGR of Pay (13.24%), or in other words, OTA is rising faster than pay.
This clearly shows that while MoD has achieved some success in its efforts to control OTA, the efforts of MoR have not yielded the desired results. However, at the same time, it should also be kept in mind that OTA as a percentage of pay is already much higher in MoD compared to MoR.
The Commission also took note of the recommendations of the III, IV, V and VI CPCs that OTA should be abolished except where it is a statutory requirement. However, it is also a fact that despite these recommendations, OTA continues to be paid to certain categories of staff (at rates that are quite old) even when it is not a statutory requirement.
Hence, while this Commission shares the sentiments of its predecessors that government offices need to increase productivity and efficiency, and recommends that OTA should be abolished (except for operational staff and industrial employees who are governed by statutory provisions), at the same time it is also recommended that in case the government decides to continue with OTA for those categories of staff for which it is not a statutory requirement, then the rates of OTA for such staff should be increased by 50 percent from their current levels.
A stricter control on OTA expenditure is also suggested.
What is Overtime Allowance (OTA)?
Overtime Allowance (OTA) is an additional payment granted to government employees for performing duties beyond the designated working hours.
Who is eligible for OTA?
Currently, OTA is paid to government employees in certain ministries/departments, up to a certain level, at varying rates.
What are the recommendations made by the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) on OTA?
The 7th CPC recommendations suggest that OTA should be paid to all government employees who are asked to work beyond office hours, based on their actual Pay, Dearness Allowance (DA), and Transport Allowance.
What does JCM-Staff Side demand with regards to OTA?
The Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) – Staff Side has demanded that OTA should be paid to all government employees who are asked to work beyond office hours, based on their actual Pay, DA, and Transport Allowance.
How will the payment of OTA be determined under the 7th CPC recommendations?
Under the 7th CPC recommendations, OTA will be calculated based on the employee’s actual Pay, DA, and Transport Allowance.
Will the 7th CPC recommendations on OTA be implemented for all government employees?
The implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations on OTA will depend on the decision of the concerned ministries/departments.
Are there any changes in the rates of OTA under the 7th CPC recommendations?
The 7th CPC recommendations do not specify any changes in the rates of OTA. However, the payment will be calculated based on the employee’s actual Pay, DA, and Transport Allowance.