7th Pay Commission: Allowance hiked for differently abled kids of Central govt employees
Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The Centre has hiked the education allowance for differently abled children of central government employees.
In an order issued recently by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), the government has said that the allowance has been increased to Rs 54,000 from the existing Rs 30,000, annually.
Rules provide that reimbursement of education allowance for differently abled children of the Central government employees be payable at double the prescribed rate for other children – Rs 2,250 per month, following the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendation.
“The annual ceiling fixed for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance (CEA) for differently-abled children of government employees is now Rs 54,000,” the DoPT order said.
In cases where, both the spouses are government servants, only one of them could avail of the reimbursement.
Besides, the allowance cap would automatically be raised by 25 per cent every time the dearness allowance on the revised pay structure went up by 50 per cent, the order said.
The amount fixed for reimbursement of hostel subsidy is Rs 6,750 per month now. Reimbursements would be released only once a year, after the completion of the financial year, the DoPT said.
It is worth mentioning that the children education allowance was fixed at the rate of Rs 1,500 per month (Rs 3,000 for differently abled children) and hostel subsidy at Rs 4,500 per month under the 6th Pay Commission.
Meanwhile, a certificate from the head of the institution, where the ward of the employee studied, would be sufficient for CEA reimbursement, the order said, adding that the certificate should confirm that the child studied in the school during the previous academic year.
A similar certificate from the head of the institution would be needed for hostel subsidy- the document should mention the amount of expenditure incurred by the government servant towards lodging and boarding in the residential complex, the DoPT order said.