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    HRA Compendium Rules 2022 | Compendium of instructions regarding grant of HRA (House Rent Allowance) to Central Government(CG) employees

    Compendium of instructions regarding grant of House Rent Allowance to Central Government employees.


    Government of India

    Ministry of Finance

    Department of Expenditure

    Dated the 30 December, 2022.


    Subject: Compendium of instructions regarding grant of House Rent Allowance to Central Government employees -regarding

    Download HRA Compendium for CG employees in PDF

    The Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance has issued various instructions from time to time regarding grant of House Rent Allowance to Central Government employees. Such instructions were issued a long back. Therefore, the existing instructions have been reviewed and in supersession of all earlier instructions issued on the subject, a consolidated Master O.M. is hereby circulated for compliance by all Ministries/ Departments.

    2. This is issued with the approval of Finance Secretary & Secretary (Expenditure).

    COMPENDIUM ON Instructions regarding Grant of House Rent Allowance to Central Government employees.



    A. Scope of application
    Revised and Updated Provisions

    B. 1. Definitions -
    2. Classification of cities for the purpose of grant of HRA and Rates of HRA 
    3 Areas where Admissible
    4. Admissibility of HRA
    5 Condition for Drawal of House Rent Allowance
    6 Regulation of HRA in different Circumstances
    7. Certificates for grant of HRA
    C Appendix | Earlier orders on grant of House Rent Allowance

    A. Scope of Application :

    These instructions will apply to all civilian employees of Central Government. The orders will also be applicable to the Civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates. In respect of Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Railways respectively. These orders are also applicable on persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department.

    Note : Rules mentioned in this Order shall not apply to —

    (i) Government servants appointed on ad hoc or persona! rates of pay unless the orders sanctioning their appointment specifically provide for the drawal of HRA in addition to pay.

    (ii) Staff paid out of contingencies (i.e., casual employees/ labour).

    B. Revised and Updated Provisions :

    The consolidated and updated guidelines on various aspects on grant of House Rent Allowance to Central Government Employees are as follows:

    1. Definitions :

    1.1. Pay : Pay for the purpose of calculating HRA means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix as per 7th CPC recommendations accepted by the Government but does not include any other type of pay like special pay etc.

    1.2. “Family” means a Government servant's wife/husband, children and other persons residing with and wholly dependent upon him/her. A husband/ wife /child/ parent having an independent source of income is not treated as a member belonging to the family of the Government servant except when such income including pension (inclusive of temporary increase in pension and pension equivalent of death- cum-retirement benefits) does not exceed Rs.9000 per month?.

    1.3. “Same station” means all places which are treated as contiguous to the qualified city/town in terms of Para. 3.2 and those dependent on the qualified city/ town in terms of Paras. 3.4 and also those places which are included in the Urban Agglomeration of a qualified city.

    1.4. “Urban Agglomeration(UA)”: The term has been defined in the latest Census Report by the Registrar General & Census Commissioner of India, ie. an UA is a continuous urban spread constituting a town and its adjoining outgrowths (OGs), or two or more physically contiguous towns together with or without outgrowths of such

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