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Field Allowances for Defence Personnel – Complete list

Various Field Allowances applicable to Defence Personnel serving in Army, Air Force and Navy – High Altitude Uncongenial climate Allowance, Siachen Allowances, Compensatory Modified Field Area Allowance and other field Allowances

3.5. FIELD ALLOWANCES
(i) HIGH ALTITUDE UNCONGENIAL CLIMATE ALLOWANCE (HAUCA)

(HAUCL, HAUCH, HAUCS)

Under 7th CPC, High Altitude Uncongenial Climate Allowance (HAUCA)has been retained and rationalized)

Background

The allowance is admissible to personnel serving in field areas which are situated at beyond particular heights as notified and having uncongenial climate of specific category as notified.

Conditions for admissibility

HAUCL: The description “HAUCL” stands for High Altitude / Uncongenial Climate Allowance (Category I) Lower rate. It is admissible to personnel serving in field areas which are situated at a height of 9000 ft to 15000 ft and uncongenial climate areas below heights of 9000 ft.

HAUCH: The description “HAUCH” stands for High Altitude/Uncongenial Climate Allowance (Category II) Higher rate. It is admissible to personnel serving in field areas which are situated at above 15000 ft of height (excluding Siachen).

HAUCS: The description “HAUCS” stands for High Altitude/Uncongenial Climate Area Allowance (Category III) (Special Rate).

Other attributes

1. General attributes are as under:

a. Copy of Corps Notification should be attached with the DO II notification.

b. Height of the Unit / Formation where it is located, should be mentioned.

c. The individual for whom allowance is notified should not be absent from the specified area on Annual Leave/Sick Leave or any leave other than Casual Leave or Temporary Duty. The individual should not be absent from specified area for a period exceeding 14 days Casual Leave or Temporary Duty.

d. DO II for cessation of allowance is to be notified on proceeding on leave.

2. Rules and Conditions of admissibility under various propositions:

a. High Altitude and Uncongenial Climate Allowance (Higher and Lower rates) is also admissible in addition to CFAA provided the conditions for grant of HAUCA are fulfilled.

b. A certificate to the effect that the individual(s) for whom allowance is notified are not absent from the specified area on AL/Sick Leave or any leave other than CL or Temporary Duty. He/they is/are not absent from specified area for a period exceeding 14 days CL or Temporary Duty should be endorsed on the DO II

3. Rates of admissibility w.r.t. category of areas

Post Cat-I Areas Cat-II Areas Cat-III Areas
JCOs & Equ. 1440 2160 11200
Hav & Equ. 1110 1680 11200
Sep/Nk & Equ 810 1200 11200

 

Cat-I Areas : heights of 9000 ft. to 15000 ft. and “uncongenial” areas below 9000 ft.

Cat-II Areas : above 15000 ft. in height.

Cat-III Areas : certain specified areas that have especially uncongenial climate.

—>The rate in Cat-III Areas is 80 percent of Siachen Allowance.

(ii) SIACHEN ALLOWANCES.

1. The description “SIACHN” stands for “Siachen Allowance” and admissible to those personnel who are serving in Siachen Glacier Area in addition to Compensatory Field Area Allowance but not with High Altitude/Uncongenial Climate Allowance.

2. From date will be date of entry to Siachen Glacier Area and will be mentioned in Column 4.

3. The grant/cessation of the allowance will be mentioned in Column 7(a) as Granted or Ceased respectively as the case may be and should be published separately.

4. In case of cessation of allowance, reference Part II Order No of Grant will be mentioned in Column 8.

5. Name of operation, if one is currently operative, will be mentioned in Column 9 (a), and otherwise left blank. Corps notification No and date under which area was notified as “SIACHN” will be mentioned in Column 9 (b) and (c) respectively

6. In case of cessation of allowance reference Part II Order No of Grant will be mentioned in Column 8 and reference Part II Order No of Leave/ Temp Duty/Attachment/ Hospital admission/Long Course will be mentioned in Column 9 (a).

7. This allowance will be ceased on the following circumstances:

(a) AL/Sick Leave/Hospitalization on occurrence

(b) Casual Leave or Temporary Duty beyond 14 days.

Certificate to be furnished:

1. The conditions laid down in GOI, MoD letter No 1(2)/91/D(Pay/Services) dated 01 May 1991 and No 37269/AG/PS/3(a)/90/D(Pay/Services) dated 13 Jan 1994 read in conjunction with GOI, MoD letter No F 69/3/75/D(Pay/Services) dated 28 Feb 1976 as amended vide GOI, MoD letter No 1/54/200//D(pay/Services) dated 04 Nov 2008 as amended have been fulfilled.

2. The JCOs/ORs for whom Siachen Allowance granted are serving in the qualifying area.

3. The individual(s) is/are not in receipt of any other compensatory allowance including High Altitude/Uncongenial Climate Allowance except the Compensatory Field Area Allowance (CFAA) and CHAFAA.

4. The individual(s) for whom allowance is notified are not absent from the specified area on AL/Sick Leave or any leave other than CL or Temporary Duty. He/they is/are not absent from specified area for a period exceeding 14 days CL or Temporary Duty.

(iii) GRANT/CESSATION (CFAA) & COMPENSATORY MODIFIED FIELD AREA ALLOWANCE – GRANT/CESSATION (CMFAA)

RULE POSITION:

Personnel serving in Field Areas are entitled for ‘Compensatory Field Area Allowance (CFAA)’.

Modified Field Areas: are those areas where troops are deployed in support of combat troops in an operational support role. Personnel serving in Modified Field Areas are entitled for Compensatory Modified Field Area Allowance (CMFAA):

The rates per month are:

  CFAA. 1.4.93 CMFAA 1.4.93
Hon Com. Officers And JCOs Rs. 650/- Rs. 225/-
Havildar Rs. 450/- Rs. 175/-
Naik and Sepoy Rs. 375/- Rs. 150/-

 

Attachment: In the case of attached personnel, the allowance is admissible if the period of attachment exceeds 14 days.

[MOD letter No.A/02584/AG/PS 3(a)/97/S/D(Pay)/Ser) dated 25.1.64 (CDA (OR) AT 319/64).]

Hospitalisation: If the disability is due to fault of the PBOR or when hospital stoppages are recovered for the reasons that the sickness was due to fault of the individual, Field Service concessions is to be stopped for hospitalisation even if it is less than 28 days.

Conditions for grant of CFAA/CMFAA:

  • The list of Units/Formations which are in Field Area or Modified Field Area and are eligible for Field Service concessions will be notified by the Corps Commander and the notification is sent to PAO concerned quarterly for post audit by the PAO to ensure correctness of the publication of FSC by the Units concerned and to regulate the grant accordingly.
  • High Altitude and Uncongenial Climate Allowance (Higher and Lower rates) is also admissible in addition to CFAA provided the conditions for grant of HAUCA are fulfilled.
  • No other Compensatory Allowances are admissible along with ‘CMFAA’.
  • “CFAA and CMFAA” are not admissible to static Units / Formations eg. Training Centres, Recruiting Offices, Military Farms, Record Offices, NCC Directorates and its units and TA unless embodied (CDA (OR) AT 308/64) & above Govt. letter.
  • Consequent on the issue of the Govt. letter dated 13.1.94 redefining the areas of Field Service concessions and the grant of CMFAA and CFAA the
  • Following concessions earlier admissible are withdrawn from the dates shown against them.

(a) Special Compensatory (Field) Allowance w.e.f. 1.4.93

(b) Special Compensatory (Remote locality) Allowances w.e.f. 1.2.94.

Rationalisation of grant of CFAA and CMFAA:

Consequent on the issue of GOI, MOD letter No.90099/AG/PS 3(b)/512/D (Pay)/Services) dated 26.3.96, the grant of FSC like CFAA and CMFAA has been rationalised w.e.f. 1.1.96.

Computed using the formula (Rate x 12) /10

The rationalised rates admissible per month are as follows:

  Compensatory Field Area Allowance (CFAA) in Rupees Compensatory Modified Field Area Allowance (CMFAA) in Rupees
w.e.f. 1.1.96 1.8.97 1.5.99 1.1.96 1.8.97 1.5.99
JCOs 542 750 1500 188 250 500
Hav- 375 500 1000 146 192 383
Nk & Sepoy 313 417 833 125 167 333
Enhanced rate of CFAA & CMFAA i.e. 1.5.99 notified vide GOI, MOD letter No: 1(26)/97/D/Pay/Services dt: 29.02.2000.

Rates w.e.f 01.09.2008*

Compensatory Field Area Allowance (CFAA) in Rupees Compensatory Modified Field Area Allowance (CMFAA) in Rupees
JCOs 3600 1200
Hav- 2400 920
Nk &Sepoy 2000 800

 

GOI, MOD letter no. 1(54)/2008/D(Pay/Services) dt 04.11.2008

NOTE:

  • Consequent on Rationalisation, grant/ cessation / Regrant for AL/CL etc, are not required to be published in DO Part II by Units / Formations.
  • The Units / Formations will publish in DO II the grant, of either CMFAA or CFAA as the case may be, on entry into FSC area initially and the cessation will be published in the DO II when the PBOR leaves the area on posting etc.
  • The conditions as indicated in MOD letter No. A/02584/AG/PS-3(a)/97/S/D/(Pay/Services) dated 25.1.64 should also be looked into.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Description “CFAA” stands for Compensatory Field Area Allowance. In accordance with Para 5 of Govt of India, MoD letter No 90099/AG/PS3(b)/512/D(Pay/Services) dt 26 Mar
1996, wef 01 Jan 1996, CFAA and CMFAA will be payable on monthly basis alongwith pay & allowance, from the date of entry of a JCO/OR into the entitled area until his posting out from the entitled area. . From date will be date of entry to entitled/qualifying area and will be mentioned in Column 4.

2. The grant/cessation of the allowance (GRANTED or CEASED) will be mentioned in Column 7(a) and will be published separately. Ceased will be published only after final posting out from that qualifying area or in the case of AWL/OSL/DESERTION/MISSING.

3. Reference Part II Order of grant will be mentioned in Column 8 when finally left the entitled area on posting out.

4. Name of operation, if one is currently operative, will be mentioned in Column 9 (a), and otherwise left blank. Name of theatre will be mentioned in Column 9 (b). Corps notification No and date under which area was notified as CFAA will be mentioned in Column 9 (c) and (d) respectively.

Certificate. Certified that:-

1. The conditions laid down in GOI, MoD letter number 37269/AG/PS/3(a)/90/D (Pay/ Services) dated 13 Jan 1994 read in conjunction with GOI, MoD letter No A/02584/ AG/PS3 (a)/97-S/D (Pay/Services) dated 25 Jan 64 and rate revised vide GOI, MoD letter No 1/54/2008/D(Pay/Services) dated 04 Nov 2008 have been fulfilled for the grant of CFAA and the individual(s) for whom CFAA granted is (are) serving in detachments/units/ formations located in an area mentioned in Appendix ‘A’ to GOI, MoD letter dated 13 Jan 1994.

2. The attached personnel have been attached for operational purpose to the unit/formation located within the qualifying area and the attachment exceeds 14 days.

3. The individuals forming part of the detachment are attached for operational purpose to the unit/formation within the qualifying area.

4. The DSC personnel for whom allowance is claimed are employed with the unit/formation located within the qualifying area.

5. The allowance is not claimed for personnel of static units/formation eg Military Farms, MES, Recruiting Offices, training centres, NCC Directorates and units, unembodied TA units and Record Offices and similar establishments.

(iv) SPECIAL COMPENSATORY COUNTER INSURGENCY ALLOWANCE-GRANT/ CESSATION (SCCIA)

RULE POSITION:

With the issue of GOI, MOD letter No. 37269/CI/AG/PS 3 (a)/121/D (Pay/Services) dated 14.1.94 Units which are deployed for Counter Insurgency Operations are entitled for the above allowance w.e.f. 1.4.93. The grant to PBOR is to be notified in the DOs II.

The troops deployed with Counter Insurgency operations will be entitled to HA (UC) Allowance also, if they satisfy conditions for grant of HA (UC) Allowance.

[Authority: CGDA letter No.AT/I/042/V dated 14.2.97]

Rate admissible per month:

Rank w.e.f. (Rs) 1.4.93 w.e.f. (Rs) 1.8.97 w.e.f. 01.05.1999.(Rs)
In Field Area In Modified Field Area In Peace Area
Hon Com & Jcos 650 900 2700 2080 1800
Hav. 450 600 1800 1380 1200
Nk & Sep 500 375 1500 1150 1000

 

Rank w.e.f. 1.09.2008 (Rs) (PM)
In Field Area In Modified Field Area In Peace Area
Hon Com & Jcos 2700 2080 1800
Hav. 1800 1380 1200
Nk & Sep 1500 1150 1000
GOI, MOD letter no. 1(54)/2008/D(Pay/Services) dt 04.11.2008

 

Conditions:

  • The notification of lists of Units actually involved in counter Insurgency operations in areas identified as per Government Orders issued from time to time will be done by Corps HQrs Quarterly and this notification sent to PAO for Post audit of grant by the PAO.
  • Unit/ Formations is operating away from their permanent location for a period of over 30 days. With the issue of GOI, MOD corrigendum No. 1(26)/97/D/(Pay / Services) dt.14.6.99, all personnel deployed w.e.f. 1.5.99 on counter Insurgency Operations.
  • Less than 30 days deployment will also qualify for “SCCIA”. Payment will be on Pro-rata basis. For the purpose of deployment of less than 30 days and grant of ‘SCCIA’ thereof the PAO will look into the sanction of deployment from Sub Area Commander or the Corps Commander to the effect that they approved the deployment of the personnel in the CI Operations & the said PBOR were actually deployed in such operations.

[GOI, MOD letter No. 1(26)/97/D (Pay/Services) dated 2.2.2000]

Not admissible: During AL/SL and Temporary Duty exceeding 28 days and absence from area on CL exceeding 21 days.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS:

1. The description “SCCIA” shown in Column 3 stands for Special Compensatory Counter Insurgency Allowance. From date will be date of entry to Counter Insurgency Area and will be mentioned in Column 4.

2. The word “GRANTED/CEASED” (as applicable) will be mentioned in Column 7 (a) and will be published separately.

3. Type of area “CFAA/CMFAA/PEACE” for “Field/Modified Field/Peace Area” as the case may be, will be mentioned in Column 7(b), so as to claim the correct rate of SCCIA applicable to the area concerned.

4. In case of cessation of ibid allowance, reference Part II Order No of Grant will be mentioned in Column 8 and reference Part II Order No of Leave/Temporary Duty/ Attachment/Hospital admission/Long Course will be mentioned in Column 9 (a).

5. Name of operation, if one is currently operative, will be mentioned in Column 9 (b), and otherwise left blank. Name of theatre will be mentioned in Column 9 (c). Corps notification No and date under which area was notified as SCCIA will be mentioned in Column 9 (d) and (e) respectively.

6. This allowance will be ceased in the following circumstances:

(a) Hospital/AL/Sick Leave beyond 28 days.

(b) Temporary duty beyond 21 days/Casual Leave beyond 30 days.

Certificates.

1. Certified that the conditions laid down in GOI, MoD letter No. 37269/CI/AG/PS/ 3(a)/ 121/D (Pay)/Services) dated 14 Jan 1994 as amended vide GOI, MoD letter No 1 (26)/97/D (Pay/Services) dated 14 Jun 1999, No 1(26)/97/D(Pay/Services) dated 02 Feb 2000 and  No1(26)/97/XX/D(Pay/Service) dated 29 Feb 2000 as amended vide GOI, MoD letter No1/54/2008(Pay/Services) dated 04 Nov 2008 have been for the grant of Special Compensatory Counter Insurgency Allowance.

2. Certified that deployment of personnel for whom SCCIA has been claimed in this Part II Order has been approved vide Corps Notification as mentioned in Column No 9 (d) and (e).

3. These personnel were actually deployed in Counter Insurgency operations.

4. Grant of CFAA/CMFAA/HAUCL/HAUCH/HAUCS/SIACN/SCCIA/ CHAFAA will be published simultaneously. Cessation of all CFAA/CMFAA/HAUCL/HAUCH/HAUCS/ SIACN/ SCCIA/ CHAFAA will be published simultaneously, in case it has not been published with Leave Part II Order

(v) ENTER/EXIT HIGHLY ACTIVE CONCESSIONAL AREA COMPENSATORY HIGHLY ACTIVE FIELD AREA ALLOWANCE GRANT/CESSATION (CHAFAA)

RULE POSITION:

Govt. letter notifying the Highly Active Field areas has been reproduced under GOI MOD letter No 8(3)/2000/D(Pay/services dated 24/5/01. Notification of the above allowance should be published in accordance with item 142 of Appx`J` documentation procedure for JCOs/Ors (Revised 1999) Edn. Corps notification regarding the entitlement is to be attached with the DO Part II order granting the allowance.

Rates (PM) of CHAFAA

  w.e.f 01.05.1999 w.e.f 01.09.2008*
JCOs Rs.2910 Rs.5820
Hav Rs.1940 Rs.3880
Naik & Sep Rs.1620 Rs.3240

 

GOI, MOD letter no. 1(54)/2008/D(Pay/Services) dt 04.11.2008

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS:

Field area is notified by the Govt on half yearly basis and the DOII will be validated only after issue of notification for Field Area for concerned period.

1. The description “CHAFAA” shown in Column 3 stands for Compensatory Highly Active Field Area Allowance. From date will be date of entry to entitled/qualifying area and will be mentioned in Column 4.

2. The word “GRANTED/CEASED” (as applicable) will be mentioned in Column 7 (a) and will be published separately.

3. In case of cessation of ibid allowance reference Part II Order No of Grant will be mentioned in Column 8 and reference Part II Order of Leave/ Temporary Duty/Attachment/ Hospital admission/ Long Course will be mentioned in Column 9 (a).

4. Name of operation, if one is currently operative, will be mentioned in Column 9 (b), and otherwise left blank. Name of theatre will be mentioned in Column 9 (c). Corps notification No and date under which area was notified as CHAFAA will be mentioned in Column 9 (d) and (e) respectively.

5. This allowance will be ceased in the following circumstances:

(a) Hospital/AL/Sick Leave beyond 28 days

(b) Temporary duty beyond 21 days/Casual Leave beyond 30 days.

Certificates.

1. Certified that the conditions specified in GOI, MoD Letter No 37269/AG/PS3(a) /90/D (Pay/Services) dated 13 Jan 94 read in conjunction with GOI, MoD letter No A/02584/AG/ P83(a)/97-S/D(Pay/Services) dated 25 Jan 1964 and GOI, MoD letter No 1(26)/97/XX/D (Pay/Services) dated 29 Feb 2000 have been fulfilled for the grant of Compensatory Highly Active Field Area Allowance.

2. Certified that the unit with which the above JCOS/OR are/were serving is located in an area mentioned in Appendix to GOI, MoD letter No 8(3)/2000/D(Pay/Service) dated 24 May 2001 and the notification of entitlement of CHAFAA has been made with due regard of the period entitlement notified vide Corps Notification as mentioned in Column No 9 (d) and (e) (copy enclosed to PAO).

3. Certified that the cessation of CHAFAA either on expiry of period of entitlement or on leaving of the unit/JCOs/OR from the entitlement area wherever necessary has been notified in Part II Order.

4. The attached personnel have been attached for operational purposes to the unit/formation within the qualifying area.

5. The individual forming part of detachment are attached for operational purpose to the unit/formation located within the qualifying area.

6. The DSC personnel for whom the allowance claimed are employed with the unit/formations located within the qualifying area.

7. The allowance is not claimed for static Units/Formations e.g. Military Farms, MES, Recruiting Offices, Training Centre Establishment, NCC Directorate and units un embodied TA units and Record Offices and similar establishments.

(vi) RLCA

1. Description “RLCA 1” is for claiming the allowance on posting to Remote Locality Areas mentioned in Part A of the Annexure to GOI Min of Finance OM No 3/1/98-E-II (B) dated 20-07-1998.

2. Description “RLCA 2” is for claiming the allowance on posting to Remote Locality Area mentioned in Part-B of the Annexure to GOI Min of Finance OM No 3/1/98-E-II(B) dated 20-07-1998.

3. Description “RLCA 3” is for claiming the allowance on posting to Remote Locality Area mentioned in Part-C of the Annexure to GOI Min of Finance OM No 3/1/98-E-II (B) dated 20-07-1998.

4. Date from which allowance is admissible to the individual will be mentioned in Column 4.

5. The grant/cessation of the allowance will be mentioned in Column 7(a) as GRANTED or CEASED respectively as the case may be and should be published separately.

6. Appropriate abbreviation of the Area to which posted will bementioned in Column 7(b)

Certificates.

1. Certified that the individual(s) to whom RLCA1 claimed in this Part II Order vide Government of India MoD letter No 1(26)/9/IV/D (Pay/Services) dated 29 Feb 2000 are serving at __________________ (indicate the specified Remote area and the name of the state to which posted ) mentioned in Part-A of the Annexure to the Government of India Min of Finance OM No 3/1/98 II(B) dated 20 Jul 1998 and the terms and conditions for the grant of Allowance Specified therein have been fulfilled.

2. Certified that the individual(s) for whom the RLCA1 claimed is/are neither in receipt of full field service concessions nor improved modified field concessions.

(vii) INSTALL

1. Those posted for administrative duties are not entitled for Instructional Allowance.

2. The claim will be notified in Part II Order in arrears for a specified period on quarterly basis.

3. Reference Part II Order No of posting in will be mentioned in Column 8.

4. Appointment of instructor viz PT, WT, Drill, FE, MT etc and name of the training institute/ establishment and type of establishment viz A or B, to which deputed as instructor will be mentioned in Column 9 (a),Column 9 (b) and Column 9 (c) respectively.

5. In case of personnel of AEC, the allowance is restricted only to those appointed as instructors in specialised service subjects in Category A/B training establishments.

Certificates to be furnished.

1. Certified that the conditions specified in GOI, MoD letter No 1(26)/9/VI/D(Pay/Services) dated 29 Feb 2000 as amended vide letter No 1/54/2008/D(Pay/Services) dated 04 Nov 2008 have been fulfilled for the grant of instructional allowance to the PBOR for whom claim made in this Part II Order.

2. Certified that no claim is made in respect of individuals employed as regular faculty in the training establishment.

3. Certified that no deputation allowance is claimed in respect of individuals for which instructional allowances is claimed.

4. Certified that Training Institute/Establishment, to which individuals are deputed, authorized establishments for payment of this allowance.

Source: Handbook of 7th CPC pay and allowances for JCO and OR

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