House Rent Allowance was enhanced in 2008 for the last time and since then there is no increase in HRA. Pay Scales were revised in 2011 but the HRA was frozen at the stage where the employees were already drawing it on the basis of Pay Scales 2008.
I am here giving the examples of two Pay Scales employees. The employees of BPS-01 & BPS-02 are getting average 1350/- as HRA in big cities and Rs. 900/- in other cities. Is is possible for these employees to hire a house on rent in this small amount?
In the same way the employees of BPS-11 to BPS-13 are getting average 2000/- as HRA in big cities and Rs. 1300/- in other cities.
Can anybody manage a house on rent at this a little amount? The minimum rates for a house to rent in these cities are Rs. 5000/- for a small house. For the purpose of House on Rent these employees are forced to manage the same by cutting the other necessities of daily life.
It is the need of the time that Govt should pity on these employees who are getting House Rent Allowance so that they can manage their rental accommodation easily.
Rental Ceiling for Hiring of Residential Accommodation & HRA
As you know, Rental Ceiling for Hiring of Residential Accommodation has been increased wef 1st October 2014. It was also increased in 2011. Let’s compare the Hiring of Residential Accommodation Rates and House Rent Allowances for the employees. Just see the chart showing the difference of Rental Ceiling for Hiring of Residential Accommodation & House Rent Allowance.
I have read comments of many persons that the rates of accommodation in big cities where Hiring of Residential Accommodation is admissible are so high. They are right the rates of the same are high but I just ask a question, is there no increase in the rates of House on Rent in other areas? Can these employees manage house on rent in just Rs. 1000/- or 2000/-?
Request to Govt:
It is a big question for the Govt. keeping in view the rates of Houses on rent; the Govt should now enhance the rates of House Rent Allowance for all the citizens of Pakistan.
My suggestion is that the Govt should enhance the HRA and the minimum rates of HRA must be Rs. 4000/- per month for the employees of lower grade.
My other suggestion is that Govt should fix the HRA rates on the initial of the basic Pay Scales 2011. If we fix the rates of HRA on the initial of BPS-2011, then the rates of HRA become as under:
|BPS||Initial Basic Pay||45% HRA||30% HRA|
Now it is Your Turn:
Now it is your turn to suggest the Rates of House Rent Allowance. Just comment below for your proposals.