Re-classification of Cities/Towns (Grant of HRA to Railway Employees) – RBE No.116/2015

The President is pleased to decide that in supersession of all the existing orders relating to classification of cities/towns for the purposes of grant of HRA to Railway employees. Railway Board has issued RBE No. 116/2015 in this regard.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

RBE No.116/2015

No. E(P&A) II-2015/HRA-7

New Delhi, dated 24-09-2015

The General Managers/CAOs,

All Indian Railways & Prod. Units etc.

Sub: Re-classification of cities/towns on the basis of 2011 Census grant of House Rent Allowance to Railway Employees.

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Attention is invited to Boards letter No. E(P&A)II-2008/HRA-10 dated 12-09-2008 relating to grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) to Railway employees on the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission whereby a list of cities/towns classified as X, Y and Z for the purpose of grant of HRA was enclosed as Annexure. The matter relating to re-classification of cities/towns on the basis of Census-2011 for the purpose of grant of HRA to Central Government employees has been considered by the Government.

2. The President is pleased to decide that in supersession of all the existing orders relating to classification of cities/towns for the purposes of grant of HRA to Railway employees, cities/towns shall now be re-classified as X, Y and Z for the purpose of HRA as enumerated in the Annexure to these orders

3. Consequent upon implementation of the recommendations of the 5th Central Pay Commission, certain cities/towns were placed in a lower classification as compared to their existing classification for CCA/HRA purpose, vide Boards letter No.PC-V/97/I/7/13 dated 16.10.1997. However, these cities/towns were allowed to retain their existing higher classification, vide para 3 thereof; and further extended vide Boards letter No.E(P&A)II-2004/HRA-16 dated 17.05.2005 & Boards letter No. E(P&A)II-2008/HRA-10 dated 20.03.2009. As other cities/towns to which protection of retaining earlier higher classification was allowed, got upgraded during the intervening period, as on date only two cities i.e. Ajmer in Rajasthan and Durgapur in West Bengal were retaining such protection. Consequent upon upgradation of these two cities also on the basis of their population as per Census-2011, provisions contained in Para 3, of vide Boards letter No. PC-V/97/I/7/13 dated 16.10.1997 which were allowed to further continue vide Boards letter No. E(P&A)II-2004/HRA-16 dated 17.05.2005 & Boards letter No. E(P&A)II-2008/HRA-10 dated 20.03.2009 stand withdrawn/ discontinued.

4. Special orders allowing continuance of HRA (a) at Delhi (“X” class city) rates to Railway employees posted at Faridabad, Ghaziabad, NOIDA, Gurgaon and (b) at Jalandhar (“Y” class city) rates to Jalandhar Cantt. and (c) at “Y” class city rates to Shillong, Goa, Port Blair vide Boards letter No.E(P&A)Il-2008/HRA-10 dated 12.09.2008 and (d) continuance of HRA at par with Chandigarh (“Y” class city) to Panchkula vide Boards letter No.E(P&A)II-2008/HRA-10 dated 16.05.2011, shall continue to be applicable till the recommendations of 7th CPC are considered by the Government

5. These orders shall be effective from 01.04.2015

6. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

( Salim Md. Ahmad )
Deputy Director/E(P&A)II,
Railway Board.

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Annexure

To Boards letter no.E(P&A)II-2015/HRA-7 dt.24.09.2015

LIST OF CITIES/TOWNS CLASSIFIED FOR GRANT OF HOUSE RENT ALLOWANCE TO RAILWAY EMPLOYEES

SI.NoSTATES/UNION TERRITORISCITIES CLASSIFIED
AS “X”
CITIES CLASSFIED
AS “Y”
1ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS
2ANDHRA PRADESH/TELANGANAHyderabad (UA)Vijayawada (UV), Warangal (UA), Greater Visakhapatnam (M.Corpn.), Guntur (UA), Nellore (UA)
3ARUNACHAL PRADESH
4ASSAMGuwahati (UA)
5BIHARPatna (UA)
6CHANDIGARHChandigarh (UA)
7CHATTISGARHDurg-Bhilai Nagar (UA), Raipur (UA)
8DADRA & NAGARHAVELI
9DAMAN & DIU
10DELHIDelhi (UA)
11GOA
12GUJARATAhmadabad (UA)Rajkot (UA), Jamnagar (UA), Bhavnagar (UA), Vadodara (UA), Surat (UA)
13HARYANAFaridabad* (M.Corpn.) Gurgaon*(UA)
14HIMACHALPRADESH
15JAMMU & KASHMIRSrinagar (UA), Jammu(UA)
16JHARKHANDJamshedpur (UA), Dhanbad (UA), Ranchi (UA), Bokaro Steel City (UA).
17KARNATAKABangalore/Bengaluru (UA)Belgaum (UA), Hubli-Dharwad (M.Corpn.),Mangalore (UA), Mysore (UA), Gulbarga (UA)
18KERALAKozhikoda (UA), Kochi (UA), Thiruvanathapuram (UA), Thrissur (UA), Malappuram (UA), Kannur (UA), Kollam (UA)
19LAKSHADWEEP
20MADHYAPRADESHGwalior (UA), Indore(UA), Bhopal (UA), Jabaipur (UA), Ujjain (M.Corpn).
21MAHARASHTRAGreater Mumbai (UA), Pune (UA)Amravati (M.corpn.), Nagpur (UA), Aurangabad (UA), Nashik (UA), Bhiwandi (UA), Solapur (M.Corpn.) Kolhapur (UA), Vasaivirar city  (M.Corpn.), Malegaon (UA), Nandad-Waghala (M.Corpn.), Sangli (UA).
22MANIPUR
23MEGHALAYA
24MIZORAM
25NAGALAND
26ODISHACuttack (UA), Bhubaneswar (UA), Raurkela (UA),
27PUDUCHERRY (PONDICHERRY)Puducherry/Pondicherry (UA)
28PUNJABAmritsar (UA), Jalandhar (UA), Ludhiana (M.Coprn).
29RAJASTHANBikaner (M.Corpn.), Jaipur (M.Corpn.) Jodhpur (UA), Kota (M.corpn.), Ajmer (UA)
30SIKKAM
31TAMIL NADUChennai (UA)Salem (UA), Tiruppur (UA), Coimbatore (UA), Tiruchirappalli (UA), Madurai (UA), Erode (UA).
32TRIPURA
33UTTAR PRADESHMoradabad (M.corpn.), Meerut (UA), Ghaziabad* (UA), Aligarh (UA), Agra (UA), Barcilly (UA), Lucknow (UA), Kanpur (UA), Allahabad (UA), Gorakhpur (UA), Varanasi (UA), Saharanpur (M.Corpn.), Noida* (CT), Firozabad (NPP), Jhansi (UA),

Ministry of Railways has re-classified the following cities from “Z” Category to “Y” Category for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance, on the basis of re-classification of cities as per Census 2011.

CityPresent StatusStatus after re-classificationPresent HRA RateRevised HRA Rate
Nellore (UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Gurgaon (UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Bokaro Steel City (UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Gulbarga (UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Thrissur (UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Malappuram (UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Kannur(UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Kollam (UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Ujjain (M. Coprn.)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Vasai-Virar City (M. Corpn.)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Malegaon (UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Nanded-Waghala (M.Corp.)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Sangli (UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Raurkela (UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Ajmer (UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Erode (UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Noida (CT)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Firozabad (NPP)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Jhansi (UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Siliguri (UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%
Durgapur (UA)
Z
Y
10%
20%

Railway Board has upgraded Pune and Ahmedabad Cities to “X” category  from Y category as these cities have exceeded 50 lakh population mark as per Census 2011.  HRA to an extent of 30% would be applicable to all Railway Employees, who have been posted in these cities.



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