No. 17011/3/2001-Estt. (Allowance)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
(Department of Personnel and Training)

Dated: the 29th March, 2001


Subject: Fifth Central Pay Commissionís recommendation relating to Honorarium payable under FR 46 (b)- Further guidelines to restrict payment of Honorarium

The undersigned is directed to refer to this deptt.ís O.M. No. 17011/1/91- Estt.(AL), date 23.12.85 and O.M. No. 17020/1/91-Estt.(AL), dated 18.11.91 and O.M. No. 21011/26/96- Estt. (AL). dated 20.1.97 vide which Ministries/ Departments have been delegated powers and also guidelines have been delegated powers and also guidelines have been provided for sanctioning honorarium under the provisions of FR 46(b). Further guidelines to restrict the payment of honorarium were issued on the basis of the recommendations of the 5th Central Pay Commission vide this Departmentís O.M. No. 17011/3/97- Estt. (AL), dated 17.7.98. In addition to the items of work for which payment of honorarium is already probibited under instructions issued by the Ministry of Finance and this Department from time to time an illustrative list of the items for which honorarium should not be paid ahs also been provided as an Annexure to OM, dated 17th July, 1998 referred to above (copy enclosed).

2. Despite such clear instructions, instances have come to notice of this Department that Ministries/ Departments have continued to sanction/ payt honorarium by interpreting this as within their delegated powers. This clearly accounts to violation of provisions contained in O.M., dated 17.7.98 (copy enclosed) and the spirit behind provisions of FR 46 (b).

3. It is, therefore, once again stressed that Ministries/ Departments should not entertain any claims of honorarium to any category of staff including personal staff of Ministers/ Secretaries/ Additional Secretaries/ Joint Secretaries etc. Respective Financial Advisers should ensure that strict compliance to the above and henceforth should not forwarded any proposal to this Department for relaxation.

4. Hindi version will follow.


Under Secretary to the Government of India


1. All Ministries/ Departments of Government of India (As per standard list), 2. All Financial Advisers.