Sunday, 11 April 2021

Reimbursement of CEA claim for Central Government employees for the academic year 2020-2021

Reimbursement of CEA claim

CEA claim for Central Government employees: For the academic year 2020-2021, reimbursement of the Children Education Allowance (CEA) claim for Central Government employees.

Central Government employees are now eligible to apply for CEA claim for their wards for the academic year 2020-2021 from 01.04.2021. The following are the guidelines to apply for reimbursement of the 7th CPC Children education allowance for their children as per the DoPT orders.

The reimbursement of Children Education allowance / Hostel subsidy can be claimed only for the two eldest surviving children. In case, if the second child birth results in twins/multiple births, the condition would not be applicable for the second birth children.

The amount of reimbursement of Children education allowance will be Rs 2250/- per month {fixed} per child. This amount is of Rs 2250/- is fixed irrespective of the actual expenses incurred by the Govt Servant. Hence, the total amount of claim will be Rs 27000/- per academic year. Provided that during any period which is treated as “dies non”, the Government servant shall not eligible for the CEA/Hostel Subsidy for the period. The claim is eligible for the child studies from Class first to Class twelfth standard plus two classes before the First standard. {i.e} either among the three classes from Preschool, LKG & UKG only two classes are eligible for reimbursement. Most of the Government employees usually make claim to Kinder Gartens classes only.

The reimbursement of Children education allowance can be made by an application with a production of Bonafide certificate issued by the Head of the Institution for the period/year for which claim is preferred. The certificate should confirm that the child studied in that school during the previous academic year. Cash paid bills to the school institution are not mandatory for the claim. The school should be recognised by the State/Central/Any other board of the institution.

The reimbursement of Children education allowance for Divyaang Children {Disabled Children} of Government employees shall be payable at double the normal rates of CEA i.e Rs 4500/- per month {fixed}.

In case both the spouses are Government servants, only one of them can avail reimbursement under Children Education Allowance and Hostel Subsidy.

CEA is allowed in case of children studying through “Correspondence or Distance Learning” subject to other conditions laid down herein.

The reimbursement of Children education allowance and Hostel subsidy shall have no nexus with the performance of the child in his/her class. In other words, even if the child fails in a particular class, the reimbursement of Children education allowance and Hostel subsidy shall not be stopped.

As per the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) this CEA will go up when the Dearness Allowance (DA) on the revised pay structure goes up by 50 per cent. According to the DoPT norms, a central government employee is eligible for the CEA for two children only and the CEA will go up by 25 per cent automatically when the DA rises 50 per cent of the revised pay structure. However, in the case of a Divyang child, the CEA gets doubled at Rs 4,500 per month.
Apart from CEA, a central government employee is eligible for a monthly hostel subsidy of Rs 6,750 per month as well. The reimbursement of CEA and Hostel subsidy will be claimed only after the completion of the financial year. Hostel subsidy is applicable in respect of the child studying in a residential institution located atleast 50 Kilometres from the residence of the Government Servant.

 

A copy of the application of reimbursement of Children education allowance and Hostel subsidy with a bonafide certificate to be obtained from the Schools/Institution is enclosed.

Reimbursement of CEA - Certificate from the head of institution School
Reimbursement of CEA Certificate from the head of institution School
Application for Reimbursement of Children Education Allowance
Application for Reimbursement of Children Education Allowance
Bonafide Certificate from the head of institution school for claiming Hostel Subsidy
Bonafide Certificate from the head of institution school for claiming Hostel Subsidy
Child Education Allowance Tax Exemption Limit: If your employer pays you a children’s education allowance, you will be eligible for a tax exemption under the Income Tax Act. However, the maximum amount exempted is Rs. 100 per month or Rs. 1200 per annum for a maximum of up to 2 children. In addition, under section 80C, you can exempt the costs of your children’s education

7th CPC Pay Scale for railway teaching staff in Railway Schools

7th CPC Pay Scale for railway teaching staff

Because the 7th CPC made no specific recommendations regarding the pay scales of teaching staff in railway schools, only the replacement Pay Level in the Pay Matrix applies to Teaching Staff.

7th CPC Pay Scale for railway teaching staff in Railway Schools

No separate posts of Asstt. Headmasters/Asst Head-mistresses/Vice Principals should be created. Where considered necessary, the senior-most post-graduate teacher in scale Rs.6500 -10500 (RSRP) selection grade working in a Higher Secondary School/senior-most graduate teacher in scale Rs.5500 – 9000 (RSRP) working in a High School, should be put to work as Asstt. Headmaster/Asstt. Headmistress/ Vice-Principal by reducing his/her teaching load. (Railway Board’s letter No. E(W)62/SC-2/44 dt. 4.5.63 and, PC-V98/Ill 1/26 dt. 23.10.1988

However, in Higher Secondary Schools/Inter Colleges, with an enrolment of 1000 or more students, the senior-most Post Graduate Teachers in scales of Rs.7500-12000 (RSRP)/Rs.8000-13500 (RSRP), as the case may be designated and utilised as Vice­ Principals by reducing their teaching workload. If necessary, selected suitable Post Graduate Teachers may be shifted to locations where needed, if they are not readily available there.

(Railway Board’s letter No. E(W)83/SC2/18 dt. 28.11.88; and PC-V/98!1/ll /26 dt. 23.10.98)

As regards 6th CPC Schedules regarding the pay scale of teaching staff have been circulated by Board’s letter No. PC VI/2008/If RSRP/1 dated 22.09.2008 & 17.07.2009. The scales allotted to the teaching staff are as under:

Primary School Teachers *

Selection Grade6500-10500PB-29300- 348004800
Senior Grade5500-9000PB-29300-348004600
Basic Grade4500-7000PB-29300-348004200

Trained Graduate Teachers *

Selection Grade7500-12000PB-39300- 348005400
Senior Grade6500-10500PB-29300-348004800
Basic Grade5500-9000PB-29300-348004600

Post Graduate Teachers *

Selection Grade8000-13500PB-315600- 391006600
Senior Grade7500-12000PB-315600-391005400
Basic Grade6500-10500PB-29300-348004800

i) These categories will retain their existing classification as group C
ii) Residency period will remain unchanged.


# modified vide letter dated 17.07.2009 (RBE No. 131/09)

No specific recommendations have been made by the 7th CPC in respect of Pay Scales of Teaching Staff of Railway schools, therefore, only replacement Pay Level in the Pay Matrix is applicable to Teaching Staff.

Each case of transfer of a Railway School to the State Government should be examined on merits. Where this can be done, the Railway Administrations may agree to license the school buildings on nominal license fee and give the furniture free of cost so as to make it attractive for the State Govt. to take over the school. In any case, approval of the Railway Board may be obtained before any Railway School is handed over to the State Government.

(Railway Board 1s letter No. E(W)61/ED l/6 dated 17.3.1962)

The main objective of conducting inspections in Railway Schools is to streamline their day-to-day administration and effect necessary, improvements in educational standards. Vigorous follow-up action should be taken on Inspection Reports submitted by Inspecting Officers and whenever deficiencies have been pointed out these should be speedily rectified.

The Chief Personnel Officers should take a personal interest and ensure that necessary improvements, were called for, are affected with a view to improving the standard of Railway Schools. It should also be ensured that Railway Schools are regularly inspected by the State Govt. Inspectors and their recommendations implemented to the extent possible. In this connection, attention is also invited to the recommendations of Educational Advisers which were sent along with Board’s letter No. E(W)58/ED1/9 dated 21.9.1959.

(Railway Board‘s letter No. E(W)65/SC2/54 dated 15.2.1966)

Any changes in the pattern of classes in Railway Schools such as addition or abolition of classes, upgradation or down gradation of schools etc. should be reported to Board for information together with the reasons necessitating such changes.

(Railway Board‘s letter No. E(W)66/SC-2 /8 Pt. dated 31.10.66)

Concessions to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Communities in the matter of admission to the Railway Schools including Oak Grove School at Jharipani:

(1) It has been decided by the Railway Board that the following concessions should be allowed to the students belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities in the admission to the Railway schools:

  • (a) A distinct reservation of 15% for SC and 7.5% for ST candidates;
  • (b) Where admissions are made with reference to percentage of marks obtained, 1 % reduction in marks may be allowed in the case of SC and ST candidates provided the lower percentage does not fall below the minimum marks required to pass the qualifying examination;
  • (c) The upper age limit for SCs/STs may be raised by three years;
  • (d) No child/ward of a member of staff belonging to SC/ST community should be refused admission in Primary classes; .
    (e) In other classes, admission should not normally be refused up to the extent of the
    quota exclusive of any who secures admission on merits.

(2) To ensure that the concessions in the matter of admission as referred to above are actually available to the SC and ST communities, the Railway administration should maintain the following data:

  • (i) No. of candidates seeking admission each year;
  • (a) No. out of these are children and wards of Railway servants separately for SC, ST and other communities;
  • (b) Outsiders, separately for SC, ST and other communities :
  • (ii) Number refused admission in the same details as in (i) above;
  • (iii) Reasons for refusal of admission in the case of SC and ST candidates;
  • (a) Where they are children and wards;
  • (b) Where they are outsiders.

(3) Reservation for physically handicapped candidates :3% of seats are reserved for Physically Handicapped children.

DoPT Order - Covid-19 Vaccination for Central Government employees

Covid-19 Vaccination for Central Government employees

Covid-19 Vaccination for Central Government employees

DoPT Order - All Central Government employees aged 45 and up are recommended to get vaccinated in order to effectively control the spread of COVID-19.

F.No.11013/9/2014-Estt.A. III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 6th April, 2021

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Preventive measures to contain the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Vaccination for Central Government employees regarding.

The undersigned is directed to state that this Department has been issuing instructions from time to time regarding the preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. Government has been monitoring the situation very closely, and based on the strategy adopted for prioritizing the groups for vaccination to contain the spread of COVID-19, Currently, all persons of the age of 45 years and above can participate in the vaccination exercise.

  1. In view of the above, all Central Government employees of the age of 45 years and above are advised to get themselves vaccinated, so as to effectively contain the spread of COVID-19. They are further advised to continue to follow covid-appropriate behavior, even after vaccination, by frequent washing of hands/sanitization, wearing a mask/face cover and observing social distancing etc.

Sd/-
(Umesh Kumar Bhatia)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India


Supreme Court Order in SLP regarding benefits in promotional hierarchy under MACP Scheme - DoPT Order

Supreme Court Order in SLP regarding benefits in promotional hierarchy under MACP Scheme - DoPT Order

MACP Supreme Court Order

MACP Supreme Court Order
 According to the current MACP rules, benefits under the MACPS cannot be given in the promotional hierarchy and must instead be granted in the standard hierarchy of Grade Pay/Pay Levels in the Pay Matrix.

F.No .22034/4/2020-Estt.(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

North Block, New Delhi -110001
Dated: 05th April, 2021

Subject: Order of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India dated 05.03.2020 in SLP (C) No.21803/2014 Uol Vs. M.V. Mohanan Nair & Ors. regarding benefits in the promotional hierarchy under MACP Scheme - other issues arising out of Order dated 05.03.2020 - regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 23.03.2020, which was issued as per Order dated 05.03.2020 of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in SLP (C) No.21803/2014, UoI Vs. M.V. Mohanan Nair & Others wherein the Hon’ble Apex Court had held that benefits under the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) cannot be granted in the promotional hierarchy and that it would be in the standard hierarchy of Grade Pay/Pay Levels in the Pay Matrix as per the existing MACP guidelines.

2. The Hon’ble Apex Court, in para 53 of aforementioned Order dated 05.03.2020, further directed that some anomalies, which were brought before the Joint Committee, constituted in the Department of Personnel & Training (DoP&T) to examine the MACPS, as indicated in paras 47 to SO of the Order dated 05.03.2020, be considered as deemed appropriate, and a decision was taken in accordance with the law.

3. Accordingly, in compliance with the directions of Hon’ble Apex Court, as indicated in paras 47 to 50 of the Order dated 05.03.2020, the issues arising out of deliberations of the Joint Committee constituted to examine the MACP Scheme, and which were not finally disposed of, have been examined in consultation with Department of Expenditure. It is also to be noted that revised guidelines on MACPS, as per recommendations of the 7th CPC, have been issued vide DoP&T’s OM No.35034/3/2015-Estt.(D) dated 22.10.2019.

4. The decisions taken on these issues, item-wise, are as follows:

Item No. 1: To provide Grade Pay of the next promotional post under the MACPS (Item No.1 of Minutes of the meeting of Joint Committee held on 15.09.2010).

Item No. 2: Anomaly on the introduction of the MACPS – Option may be given to the employees to continue in the old ACP Scheme even after 01.09.2008 (Item No. 8 of Minutes of the meeting of Joint Committee held on 15.09.2010).

Item No. 3: Continuation of the ACP Scheme beyond 31.08.2008 by giving an option to choose either benefit under the ACPS or the MACPS, whichever is more beneficial (Item No.3 of Minutes of the meeting of Joint Committee held on 15.09.2010).

Decision: The issue of grant of benefits in the standard hierarchy of Grade Pays/Pay Levels as per the MACPS guidelines has already been settled by the Hon’ble Apex Court in its Order dated 05.03.2020. Moreover, the matter of replacement of the ACPS with MACPS has also been settled by the Apex Court. As such, as clarified to the staff side vide letter dated 4.11.2013, the solution lies in cadre review to address issues relating to stagnation. Therefore, the demands of the Staff Side for grant of benefits in the promotional hierarchy or continuation of the ACPS beyond 31.08.2008 by giving the option to either choose between ACPS or MACPS, whichever is more beneficial; cannot be agreed to. Hence, action on these items is treated as closed.

Item No. 4: Revision of date of introduction of the MACPS (Date of Effect) – Date of effect of the MACPS to be made as 01.01.2006, instead of 01.09.2008 as provided in the scheme (Item No.2 of Minutes of the meeting of Joint Committee held on 27.07.2012).

Decision: The issue is presently sub-judice before the Hon’ble Apex Court in SLP Nos. 10811- 10813/2018 in the matter of Uol Vs. Ranjit Samuel. Hence, no decision can be taken at this stage. As and when the main and tagged cases are disposed of by the Hon’ble Apex Court, the decision would be communicated to all Ministries/ Departments.

Item No. 5: Applicability of the MACPS to Group ‘D’ employees who have been placed in the Grade Pay of Rs.1800/- in PB-I (Item No.4 of Minutes of the meeting of Joint Committee held on 15.09.2010).

Decision: It has been clarified in DoP&T’s O.M. No.35034/3/2008-Estt.(D) dated 16.11.2009 that promotions earned or upgradations granted under the ACP Scheme of August 1999, in the past to four pay scales (S-1, S-2, S-2A, and S-3), which now carry the grade pay of Rs.1800/-, shall be ignored for the purpose of the MACPS. Therefore, no further action is required. Hence, the item is treated as closed.

Item No. 6: Counting of 50% of service rendered by casual labor who attained a temporary status for reckoning the 10, 20, and 30 years of service under the MACPS (Item No.5 of Minutes of the meeting of Joint Committee held on 15.09.2010).

Decision: As per para 5(v) of the Appendix pertaining to the Casual Labourers (Grant of Temporary Status and Regularization) Scheme, 50% of the service rendered under temporary status is to be counted only for the purpose of retirement benefits after their regularization. The temporary service rendered does not count for any other purposes. Moreover, under the ACPS also, no provision was made for counting of temporary service as 1st and 2nd financial upgradation was being granted to an employee on completion of 12/24 years of regular service. Therefore, the proposal cannot be agreed to. Thus, action on this item is treated as closed.

Item No. 7: Supervised staff placed in higher Grade Pay than that of the Supervisor – The stepping up of pay of seniors with that of juniors getting higher pay in different cadres and introduction of Grade Pay of Rs.5400 on completion of 4 years of service in the pre-revised pay scale of Rs.6500-10500 (Item No.6 of Minutes of the meeting of Joint Committee held on 15.09.2010).

Decision: As per the fundamental principles of the Scheme, financial upgradation granted under the MACPS is purely personal to the employees, and has no relevance to his seniority position. It has already been provided in the Scheme itself that there shall be no additional financial upgradation to the senior employee solely on the ground that his/her junior in the grade has been granted higher pay or grade pay under the Scheme. This has been reiterated in the instructions issued by this Department from time to time, including OM No. 35034/1/97-Estt. (D) dated 04.10.2012 and No. 35034/3/2015-Estt.(D) dated 22.10.2019. Therefore, the proposal cannot be agreed to. Thus, action on the item is treated as closed.

Item No. 8: Option for pay fixation on grant of financial upgradation under the MACPS between 01.01.2006 and 31.08.2008 (Item No.7 of Minutes of the meeting of Joint Committee held on 15.09.2010).

Decision: In terms of para 9 of the MACPS guidelines (DoP&T’s OM dated 19.05.2009), the benefits of the ACP Scheme of August 1999 would be continued I applicable till 31.08.2008. If the Government employees, who have opted for fixation of their pay in the revised pay structure w.e.f. 01.01.2006 under the CCS (RP) Rules, 2008, then no arrears of pay would be granted. However, if he has opted for pay fixation from the date of financial upgradation under the ACP with reference to the pre-revised pay scale, then arrears of pay would be granted from the date of his option, i.e., the date of financial upgradation under the ACPS. Para 6 of Annexure-I to DoP&T’s OM dated 19.05.2009 already provides for this benefit. Hence, there is no requirement for the issue of any further instructions on the said issue. Thus, the item is treated as closed.

Item No. 9: Employees who got one promotion or l51 ACP prior to 01.09.2008 and have completed over two decades of service without the benefit of promotion may be granted the third up-gradation under the MACPS on 1.9.2008 (Para 12 of Minutes of the meeting of Joint Committee held on 27.07.2012).

Decision: As per the MACPS guidelines, there shall be three financial upgradations under the MACPS, counted from the direct entry grade on completion of I 0, 20, and 30 years of service respectively, or after 10 years of continuous service in the same Grade Pay or Pay Level in Pay Matrix, whichever is earlier. Thus, those employees who got either one promotion or 1st ACP before 1.1.2006 and who did not earn any promotion or 2nd ACP during 1.1.2006 to 31.8.2008, are eligible for 2nd MACP on or after 1.9.2008 (i.e. due on completion of 20 Years) and 3rd MACP after 30 years of service or 10 years in the same Grade Pay/Pay Level, as the case may be if found otherwise eligible. Hence, there is no ground for the grant of the 3rd MACP straight away on 1.9.2008, without the employee earning the 2nd MACP, as per the provisions of the MACPS. Therefore, the request of the Staff Side cannot be acceded to and the item is treated as closed.

7. All Ministries/Departments are advised to dispose of all pending representations /references from Staff Associations etc. seeking revision in the instructions/guidelines on the MACPS relating to the above items and also defend the various pending Court Cases or to take immediate suitable action for appealing against such judgments which are contrary to the existing policy, as upheld by the Hon’ble Apex Court in the instant case.

(R. K.Sinha)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

To
All Ministries /Departments of the Government of India.

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