Pt. F. No. 21017/3/97-Estt. (Allowances)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

New Delhi, Dated 21st November, 1997


Subject: Overtime Allowances to the Central Government Employees.

The undersigned is directed to say that the Fifth Central Pay Commission have observed (Para 118.13 of their Report) that there is no justification for the continued payment of Overtime Allowance in the Central Govt. Offices, and have recommended its discontinuance. It has also been recommended by the Commission that in lieu of cash compensation in the form of OTA staff deployed on weekly off days may be entitled only to compensatory leave. However the Staff Car Drivers, Operational Staff and Industrial Employees have been recommended to be governed by the existing rules and instructions on the subject.

2. The Government has, however, decided to continue the status quo in regard to payment OTA, subject to a review of the matter to make the eligibility for OTA more restrictive and commensurate with the interests of Government work. Accordingly, payment of Overtime Allowance may continue to be made as per the existing orders on the basis of notional pay admissible to the concerned Govt. employees in the pre-revised scales of pay/ pay slabs as laid down in the existing orders.

3. These instructions will apply until further orders. Pending cases of OTA bills, if any, may also be regulated under these instructions.

4. Hindi version is enclosed.




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