Latest News from the 7th Pay Commission (August 29, 2023): Employees of the Central Government should not send reimbursement requests for the Children’s Education Allowance (CEA) or the Hostel Subsidy directly to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), but rather to their individual departments.
Some employees of the Central Government are sending their Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) reimbursement requests for CEA directly. All employees are required by the personnel department to submit such claims to the office or department where they are now employed, or where they most recently worked, in the event that the employee has passed away.
Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) Advises:
The DoPT stated in an office memo dated August 25, 2023 that “it has been observed that some Government employees are submitting their Children Education Allowance claims for reimbursement to this Department instead of submitting to their respective Office/Departments.”
“In each case, claims for Children Education Allowance and Hostel Subsidy shall be submitted at the office/Department where the employee is serving or last served in case of unfortunate event of demise of Government employee as per provision of O.M. No.A-27012.02/2017-Estt. (AL) dated 17-07-2018,” it continued.
Government employees in Ministries/Departments where e-HRMS is in use must submit their CEA claims through e-HRMS only, according to the DoPT. Additionally, it asked Ministries/Departments without a working e-HRMS to switch over as soon as possible.
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) announced new childcare leave regulations earlier this month for All India Services (AIS) eligible members. According to the updated regulations, qualifying AIS members are now eligible to receive paid leaves for up to two years during the course of their employment for the care of up to two of their oldest children.
Employees in the central government are currently awaiting the release of the updated Dearness Allowance (DA) rate, which will take effect on July 1st, 2023. The announcement of a Dearness Allowance (DA) increase for workers and a Dearness Relief (DR) increase for seniors is anticipated for next month. The current DA rate would likely increase by 3%, from 42% to 45%, according to the government.