7th CPC Defence Allowances for JCOs/OR
The Hard Area Allowance, a payment given to Junior Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks of the Indian Armed Forces who are posted in difficult or challenging areas, has recently undergone some revision in its rates. The revised rates were implemented to better compensate these brave individuals who work tirelessly in harsh environments, facing difficult conditions and situations on a daily basis. The updated rates take into account the location, terrain, and climate of each area, ensuring that those who serve in these areas are adequately compensated for their sacrifices and dedication.
The government has recently revised the rates for Hard Area Allowance, which is a type of allowance given to JCOs/OR (Junior Commissioned Officer/Other Rank) who work in challenging and difficult areas. This allowance is meant to compensate for the tough conditions that these personnel have to work in. The revised rates for Hard Area Allowance are now applicable to JCOs/OR. These revised rates are expected to provide some relief to the JCOs/OR who work tirelessly in harsh environments to ensure the safety and security of the nation.
Auth : GoI, MoD letter No 1(16)/2017/D(Pay/Services) dated 18 Sep 2017
What is Hard Area Allowance?
Hard Area Allowance is a compensation paid to military personnel who are posted in areas with difficult terrain, harsh climate, or extreme living conditions.
Who is eligible for Hard Area Allowance?
Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and Other Ranks (OR) who are serving in Hard Area locations as per the list approved by the government are eligible for the allowance.
Have the rates of Hard Area Allowance been revised for JCOs/OR?
Yes, the rates of Hard Area Allowance have been revised for JCOs/OR.
What are the revised rates of Hard Area Allowance for JCOs/OR?
The revised rates of Hard Area Allowance for JCOs/OR range from Rs. 1,200 to Rs. 14,000 per month, based on the location and altitude of the area.
Is Hard Area Allowance taxable?
Yes, Hard Area Allowance is taxable under the Income Tax Act.
How can JCOs/OR claim Hard Area Allowance?
JCOs/OR can claim Hard Area Allowance through their respective Military Units/Regiments. The claim needs to be supported by a certificate from the Commanding Officer of the Unit/Regiment stating the location of posting and duration of stay.