New Delhi, April 15: After months of declaration regarding implementation of recommendations of seventh pay commission, a big question looms over the fate of House Rate Allowance once the Ashok Lavasa committee submits its report in the coming week. House rent allowance is given to the central government employee to accommodate the expenses of rent and presently comprises 30 per cent of the entire salary. However, the seventh pay commission proposed a reduction in the HRA to the extent of 24 per cent in metros and the rate may vary among the various types of cities. The commission had classified as X,Y and Z class of cities.

The cities under class X are Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune and under class Y comes Agra, Ajmer, Aligarh, Allahabad, Amravati, Amritsar, Asansol, Aurangabad, Bareilly, Belgaum, Bhavnagar, Bhiwandi, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Bikaner, Bokaro Steel City, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Dhanbad, Durg-Bhilai Nagar, Durgapur, Erode, Faridabad, Firozabad, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Gulbarga, Guntur, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Gwalior, Hubli-Dharwad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Jammu, Jamnagar, Jamshedpur, Jhansi, Jodhpur, Kannur, Kanpur, Kakinada, Kochi, Kottayam, Kolhapur, Kollam, Kota, Kozhikode, Kurnool, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madurai, Malappuram, Malegaon, Mangalore, Meerut, Moradabad, Mysore, Nagpur, Nashik, Nellore, Noida, Patna, Pondicherry, Raipur, Rajkot, Rajahmundry, Ranchi, Rourkela, Salem, Sangli, Siliguri, Solapur, Srinagar, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Palakkad, Thrissur, Tiruchirappalli, Tiruppur, Ujjain, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vasai-Virar City, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Warangal. Rest of the cities have categorised as class Z cities. Also Read – 7th Pay Commission: Medical Institutes unable to bear 30 per cent additional financial impact after implementation of 7CPC, says MoHFW

However, the delay has increased speculation about the prospects of HRA. Speaking with,  National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) convenor Shiv Gopal Mishra said, “We are not sure whether HRA would be raised to 10, 20 and 30 per cent. We are ready for negotiation, but a reasonable amount should be fixed.”

He further added,“In last few days pessimism has gripped central government employees and all sections of the workforce is disappointed by the delay. Some of them express their disappointment, while some of them not. Be it defence personnel, technicians, engineers, railway workers, all are disappointed by the delay.”

The scenario will only emerge clearer when Ashok Lavasa Committee submits its report in the next week.