Central govt. employees, who have been waiting for updates on 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations, finally get to hear from Modi govt in this week. The Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) screened the Ashok Lavasa report on allowances at a meeting. In this meeting they discussed House Rent Allowance (HRA) and an increase in basic pay among other concerns of Central government employees. Committee has reportedly put a cap on HRA rates between 25 per cent and 27 per cent. The allowances once implemented will benefit nearly 50 lakh government employees. The Seventh Pay Commission recommended merging allowances such as assisting cashier, cycle, condiment, flying squad, haircut, robe, shorthand, soap, spectacle, uniform, vigilance and washing.