Special Compensatory (Hill Area) Allowance : Report of the Committee Allowances – 7th Pay Commission
Special Compensatory (Hill Area) Allowance (Para 8.10.48, 8.10.80)
Existing Provisions: This allowance is paid to Central Government employees posted at Hill stations (above1000 meters) ranging from ₹ 720 – 900 per month.
Reasons mentioned by 7th CPC for recommending abolition: The 7th CPC has mentioned that there is hardly any hardship at this altitude. Therefore, it has been recommended thatHigh altitude allowance may be extended to civilian employees at locations where Tough Location Allowance or any other Risk & Hardship Allowance is not admissible. Accordingly, this allowance has been abolished.
I. National Council (Staff Side), JCM: This allowance should be retained as the hill areas are normally inaccessible and facilities are not available to the employees for day to day needs.
II. J&K IAS Officers Association: This allowance, granted for the areas eligible according to the criteria set forth by the 6th CPC, be extended to employees posted in majority of the Jammu region and entire Kashmir region.
Analysis and Recommendations of the Committee: The 7 th CPC has recommended that High Altitude Allowance be extended to civilian employees at locations where Tough Location Allowance or any other Risk & Hardship Allowance is not admissible. Therefore, the Committee recommends that the 7th CPC recommendation to abolish Special Compensatory (Hill Area) Allowance may be accepted