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7th CPC Allowance Order : Hard Area Allowance to Railway Employees posted in Nicobar Islands and UT Lakshadweep

7th CPC : Hard Area Allowance to Railway Employees posted in Nicobar Islands and UT Lakshadweep


Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)
PC-VII No. 41
RBE No. 95/2017

No. F(E)I/2017/AL-4/7

New Delhi, dated 16.08.2017

The General Managers,
All Indian Railways etc.
(As per Standard Mailing List)

Sub : Implementation on the recommendations of 7th Central Pay
Commission regarding grant of Hard Area Allowance to Railway employees
posted in the Nicobar Group of Islands and Islands of Union Territory
of Lakshadweep other than Kavaratti &Agatti



Consequent upon the acceptance of the recommendations of the Seventh
Central Pay Commission by the Government, the President, in supersesslon of
all existing orders issued on the subject, is pleased to decided that
Railway employees posted in Nicobar Group of Islands and Minicoy, Kiltan,
Andrott, Kalpeni, Chetlat, Kadmat, Amini and Bithra Islands of Lakshadweep
shall be paid Hard Area Allowance at the following rates: 
Place where posted
Rate per month
(i) Nicobar Group of Islands and Minicoy in Lakshadweep
20% of Basic Pay
(ii)Lalkshadweep Group of Islands (Kiltan, Andrott,
Kalpeni, Chetlat, Kadrnat, Amini and Bithra Islands)
12% of Basic Pay
2. The term ‘Basic Pay’ in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in
the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix but does not include any other type
of pay like Special Pay etc.
3. In places where more than one Special Compensatory Allowances are
admissible, the Railway employees posted in such stations will have the
option to choose the allowance which benefits them the most, i.e. Hard Area
Allowance or one of the Special Compensatory Allowances subsumed under
Tough Location Allowance Category-I, II and III.
4. The Hard Area Allowance shall be admissible in addition to the Island
Special Duty Allowqance, where admissible.

These orders shall take effect from 1st July, 2017.
6. Hindi version will follow.

Please acknowledge receipt.

 (Sonali Chaturvedi)
Dy. Director Finance (Estt.)