7th Pay Commission: Maximum HRA hiked from Rs 27,000 to Rs 60,000 for now, to be raised to Rs 75,000 when DA crosses 50%

| July 6, 2017

For the central government employees belonging to highest level in the pay matrix, HRA has been increased from Rs 27,000 to Rs 60,000, meaning a hike of 122 percent. However, the HRA for these employees will be revised upwards to Rs 67,500, and Rs 75,000 when DA crosses 25% and 50% respectively.

New Delhi: More than 48 lakh central government employees will start getting HRA (House Rent Allowance) hike in the range of 106 percent to 157 percent from this month (July, 2017) salaries as the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on last Wednesday approved the recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowances with some modifications.








For the central government employees belonging to highest level in the pay matrix, HRA has been increased from Rs 27,000 to Rs 60,000, meaning a hike of 122 percent. However, the HRA for these employees will be revised upwards to Rs 67,500, and Rs 75,000 when DA crosses 25% and 50% respectively. The revision will translate into a 148 and 176 percent hike respectively.

While approving the recommendations of the 7th CPC on 29th June, 2016, the Cabinet had decided to set up the Committee on Allowances (CoA) in view of substantial changes in the existing provisions and a number of representations received.

The modifications are based on suggestions made by the CoA in its Report submitted to Finance Minister on 27th April, 2017 and the Empowered Committee of Secretaries set up to screen the recommendations of 7th CPC.




“HRA is currently paid @ 30% for X (population of 50 lakh & above), 20% for Y (5 to 50 lakh) and 10% for Z (below 5 lakh) category of cities. 7th CPC has recommended reduction in the existing rates to 24 percent for X, 16 percent for Y and 8 percent for Z category of cities,” the government said in a statement.

As per recommendation of AK Mathur Panel

Population of City            DA above
Present Proposed 50% 100%
Above 50 lakh (Class X) 30% 24% 27% 30%
5 lakh to 50 lakh (Class Y) 20% 16% 18% 20%
Below 5 lakh (Class Z) 10% 8% 9% 10%




“As the HRA at the reduced rates may not be sufficient for employees falling in lower pay bracket, it has been decided that HRA shall not be less than Rs 5,400, Rs 3,600 and Rs 1,800 for X, Y and Z category of cities respectively. This floor rate has been calculated @ 30%, 20% and 10% of the minimum pay of Rs 18,000. This will benefit more than 7.5 lakh employees belonging to Levels 1 to 3,” it added.

“7th CPC had also recommended that HRA rates will be revised upwards in two phases to 27%, 18% and 9% when DA crosses 50% and to 30%, 20% and 10% when DA crosses 100%. Keeping in view the current inflation trends, the Government has decided that these rates will be revised upwards when DA crosses 25% and 50% respectively. This will benefit all employees who do not reside in government accommodation and get HRA,” it said.

As per modification in AK Mathur recommendation, cleared by Union Cabinet

Population of City            DA above
Present Proposed 25% 50%
Above 50 lakh (Class X) 30% 24% 27% 30%
5 lakh to 50 lakh (Class Y) 20% 16% 18% 20%
Below 5 lakh (Class Z) 10% 8% 9% 10%

Net impact on HRA

As the Cabinet has accepted the recommendations of A K Mathur-led 7th Pay Commission on allowances so the HRA component of central government employees will increase ranging between 122 percent and 157 percent.

Take, for instance, a central government employee at the very bottom of the pay scale, where the basic pay (pay of pay band + grade pay) is now Rs 7,000, would currently be entitled to an HRA of Rs 2,100 in a Class X city. As per 7th Pay Commission, the new entry level pay at this level is Rs 18,000 per month against which the new HRA for a Class X city would be Rs 5,400 per month, that is 157 percent more than the existing level.

Similarly, at the highest level of the pay scale, the Cabinet Secretary and officers of the same rank have a basic pay of Rs 90,000, which means they are entitled to current HRA of Rs 27,000 in Class X towns. After the revised pay scale, the new basic pay is Rs 2.5 lakh, for which the HRA would be Rs 60,000, meaning a hike of 122 percent.

Existing Basic Pay (6th CPC)  HRA (6th CPC) Entry Pay as per 7th CPC Revised HRA as per 7th CPC (after Cabinet approval)
Class X Class  Y Class Z Class X Class Y Class Z
7000 2100 1400 700 18000 5400 3600 1800
13500 4050 2700 1350 35400 8496 5664 2832
21000 6300 4200 2100 56100 13464 8976 4488
46100 13830 9220 4610 118500 28440 18960 9480
90000 27000 18000 9000 250000 60000 40000 20000

As far as other allowances are concerned, the Union Cabinet has decided not to abolish 12 of the 53 allowances which were recommended to be abolished by the 7th CPC.

“The decision to retain these allowances has been taken keeping in view the specific functional requirements of Railways, Posts and Scientific Departments such as Space and Atomic Energy.  It has also been decided that 3 of the 37 allowances recommended to be subsumed by the 7th CPC will continue as separate identities. This has been done on account of the unique nature of these allowances,” as per the govt statement.

“The rates of these allowances have also been enhanced as per the formula adopted by the 7th CPC. This will benefit over one lakh employees belonging to specific categories in Railways, Posts, Defence and Scientific Departments,” it said.

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