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Jun 232016

Technical Allowance Eligibility Rules Under 7th Pay Commission

An officer usually likes to be motivated and paid when they finish their training. It is usually seen that a lot of officers fail to continue in the government works especially in the defense department after initial training due to lack of money.Technical allowance provides the defense officers with a chance to earn money upon completing their training. After the officers have completed their training and are available for being a full time professional, they get rewarded by technical allowance from the very day they are available.

Technical Allowance Eligibility Rules

Technical Allowance 

Technical Allowance is a special amount of money given to the defense officers who have completed their training to become a professional. This allowance is usually given to motivate the officers and to keep up their enthusiasm. Also, if an officer completes several technical courses from recognized institutes of India or from abroad, he is rewarded with Technical allowance. So, there are two types of Technical allowance and an officer can earn them both as well as he can earn them individually.

Eligibility and Rules of Technical Allowance

  • An officer will have to complete his training to be eligible for this allowance.
  • An officer can also get the technical allowance if he has completed several technical courses.
  • An officer will have to complete his technical courses from any recognized institutes of India or he can complete these courses from abroad.
  • The primary rule of this allowance is to provide the officers with the allowance from the very day they complete their training.
  • The technical allowance for officers who have completed their training is given on a monthly basis.
  • The main motive behind this allowance is to keep the officers motivated and proactive.

Technical Allowance for Navy

Technical allowance is given to the air force officers. The air force officers upon completing their prescribed pre-induction professional training will be eligible for this allowance. The officers will be provided with the allowance once they become available for full deployment. This allowance is granted to all of the officers in Navy.

There are two types of technical allowances for the Navy officers. One of them is TIER I and the other one is TIER II. All of the available Navy officers will be rewarded with TIER I Technical Allowance. The navy officers who complete several courses which are approved by PPOC will be eligible for TIER II Technical Allowance. The TIER I and TIER II Technical allowances will be provided at a rate of Rs. 3, 000-4, 500. This rate will vary according to the ranks of the officers.

Technical Allowance for Indian Army

The Indian Army gets Technical allowance which is of two types. One of them is TIER I and the other one is TIER II. The army officers who are available for professional services are included in TIER I Technical Allowance. The army officers who complete required courses from recognized Indian institution or abroad qualifies under the criteria of TIER II Technical allowance.

Technical Allowance in 7th Pay Commission

Technical Allowance was earlier a separate allowance. But the 7th Pay Commission has proposed that this allowance should be abolished as a separate allowance. For the defense personnel who have competed their training and is available for deployment will be granted the monthly technical allowance under TIER I category. But for the TIER II Category, this allowance will be brought under newly proposed Higher Qualification Allowance.

The army personnel have demanded that the technical allowance should be given a four folded rise. The current pay rate of the defense personnel is as per the following table.

Category Rate of Pay
TIER I Course Rs. 3000 Per Month
TIER II Course Rs. 4500 Per Month
For Both Courses Rs. 7500 Per Month

There are some proposals about the technical allowance from the Central Pay Commission. Below table will showcase the proposals of the pay commission along with the thorough information about the proposals.

Proposals Thorough Information
To maintain the current form of TIER I Course The Central Pay Commission in its 7th Pay Commission mentioned that the current form of TIER I Course will be maintained as the recruitment and training process of the defense employees is different from other employees. So, after their training the defense workers will get monthly allowance.
To Change the current form of TIER II Course The 7th Pay Commission has urged that the current form of TIER II must be changed and it should be brought under the category of Higher Qualification Allowance.
Abolishment of Unnecessary areas of courses The 7th Pay Commission has suggested that unnecessary areas of courses should be abolished and one should only take course relating to his chosen field of occupation.
Foundation of Expert Committee 7th Pay Commission has suggested that an expert committee should be set up so that they will be able to re-examine the list of courses.

Above all, the technical allowance is indeed a good thing for the defense personnel. It should be increased to motivate the officers and attract new officers.

Latest News And Final Decision For Technical Allowance In 7th Pay Commission 

Defence officers who are working in the technical branches will get technical allowances, Tier I and II. In Tier I the officers will get Rs. 3000/- per month as grant and under Tier II the officers will get Rs. 4500/-per month. After the recommendation of 7th CPC the higher qualification incentive for the defence employees will be merged with the Tier II allowances.

To keep the pace of changing specific defence requirement the central government has declared that the technical allowances will not be discontinued. All these allowances will be checked regularly to maintain the pace with the modern technology in defence.

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