7th Pay Commission: Govt orders refund of education allowance, abolishes desk allowance
New Delhi: The Centre has issued orders for the reimbursement of children’s education allowance, which will be Rs 2,250 per month.
An order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) says: The amount fixed for reimbursement of hostel subsidy will be Rs 6,750 per month.
However, in case both the spouses are government servants, only one of them can avail reimbursement under children education allowance, the order said.
“The above limits would be automatically raised by 25 per cent every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay structure goes up by 50 per cent. The allowance will be double for differently-abled children,” said the DoPT order.
Important to Note
Reimbursement will be done just once a year, after completion of the financial year. For reimbursement of CEA, a certificate from the head of institution, where the ward of government employee studies, will be sufficient. The certificate should confirm that the child studied in the school during the previous academic year.
For Hostel Subsidy, a similar certificate from the head of institution will suffice, with the additional requirement that the certificate should mention the amount of expenditure incurred by the government servant towards lodging and boarding in the residential complex. The amount of expenditure mentioned, or the ceiling as mentioned above, whichever is lower, shall be paid to the employee.
On the other hand, DoPT has abolished desk allowance granted to Desk Officers in the Central Secretariat Service (CSS) and other headquarters services at a rate of Rs 900 per month.
The pay commission had also recommended abolishing this allowance as it is virtually non-existent since 2010.
All these orders shall be effective from July 1, 2017.
On the other hand, the Narendra Modi-led BJP government has recently cleared that it will not reconsider on the basic pay, hike in salary and allowances as recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and approved by the Cabinet.
It, simply, ruled out any change in the minimum pay, Rs 18,000, under the 7th Pay Commission.