It is Good News! At last, BSNL has issued orders today, 15th September 2015 extending the upgradation of cities as per the 2011 Census to BSNL employees, which has already been implemented for the CG Employees. Accordingly Ahmedabad and Pune will now be ‘A’ / ‘X’ class cities and many other cities a ‘B’/’Y’ class cities with the HRA fixed at 30% and 20% respectively. The name of all these cities have been mentioned in the blog earlier.
The government has recently issued orders upgrading the cities as per the 2011 census report as also on other grounds including urban agglomeration and granted HRA accordingly. BSNL and other central PSU employees are deprived of the same, since the criterion for the PSUs based on population only and not all the criterias as eligible for CG Employees. This is a gross discrimination. For example in the recent orders, Ahmedabad and Pune are upgraded as “X” class Cities (former “A” class ), while this status is denied for the BSNL employees for grant of HRA. In the same way there are many cities upgraded to “Y” class( former “B” class) for CG employees, while not for the BSNL employees.
This discrimination should end. The government should declare all these upgraded cities are applicable for increased HRA for BSNL employees also as in the case of CG Employees. The wages of the contract workers also should be increased on the same basis in these upgraded cities.
The Central government has decided to upgrade certain cities from Z class (10% HRA) to Y class (20%) and two cities from Y class to X class (30% HRA) for payment of HRA to Central Government employees. A few cities have been upgraded for increase in Transport Allowance ( cities with more than 20 lakh population). These up-gradations are based on the 2011 census.
This order will not be directly applicable to PSUs. The issue will have to be taken up with DPE for getting implemented to the PSU employees including BSNL employees. While the criteria is population only for the PSU employees, in the case of CG employees, there some other considerations also like Urban Agglomeration.