7th Pay Commission: Govt doubles allowances for child care

New Delhi: The Narendra Modi-led BJP government has doubled the child care allowance for women employees with disabilities.

At present, the differently-abled female employees are getting an allowance of Rs 1,500 per month but now on they will get Rs 3,000 per month for taking care of their newborn child.

An order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) says: Women with disabilities shall be paid Rs 3,000 per month as special allowance for child care. The allowance shall be payable from the time of the child’s birth till the child is two years old. It shall be payable for a maximum of two eldest surviving children.

“The above limit would be automatically raised by 25 per cent every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay structure goes up by 50 per cent,” said the DoPT order.

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The Centre has increased the allowance as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which had in its report said these women have a huge responsibility of raising their children; therefore, instead of the factor of 1.5 that we have mostly used for semi-DA indexed allowances, a factor of 2 to Rs 3,000 per month should be fixed.

Here are the Details

(I) Women with disabilities shall be paid Rs 3000 per month as Special Allowance for Child care. The allowance shall be payable from the time of the child’s birth till the child is two years old.

(II) It shall be payable for a maximum of two eldest surviving children.

(III) Disability means a person having a minimum Disability of 40% as elaborated in Ministry of Welfare’s Notification No. 16-18/97-NLI dated 1.6.2001 and amended from time to time.

(IV) The above limit would be automatically raised by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%.

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All these orders shall be effective from July 1, 2017.

On the other hand, the government has issued an official order stating that the constant attendant allowance for the retired government employees has increased from the existing Rs 4,500 to Rs 6,750 per month.

As per the order issued by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, the allowance has been hiked to Rs 6,750 from Rs 4,500 per month.

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