Saturday, December 31, 2011
RATIONALIZATION AND CONSOLIDATION OF URBAN NETWORK
Sub: Rationalization and consolidation of urban network.
D.G. Posts No.40-6/2011-Plg(Pt) dated 25.08.2011
Kindly refer to the Directorate letter of even number dated 25.01.2011 on the above subject wherein Circles were requested to identify the Post Offices for rationalization and consolidation of urban network taking into consideration of the following aspects.
(a) Condition of the Building.
(b) Profitability of Post Office
(c) Business of Post Office
(d) Justification on the basis of distance norms.
2. In their charter of demands, the Postal Joint Council of Action has requested that "whenever there is a closure of a Post Office; there should be a simultaneous relocation of Post Office in the new emerging areas". The same was agreed to by the Secretary (Posts), during the meeting held with them.
3. In view of the above, the Circles are requested to ensure that wherever simultaneous relocation is not possible; such Post Office may be temporarily merged with another Post Office.
4. This issues with the approval of Secretary (Posts)
EXPANSION OF PREVENTIVE HEALTH CHECK UP PROJECT IN CGHS DELHI
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health and Family Welfare
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi-110108
Date: 22nd December, 2011
Sub: Expansion of Preventive Health Check up Project in CGHS Delhi.
A Pilot Project was initiated for Preventive Health Checkup at CGHS Wellness Centre R. K. Puram-V, New Delhi in the year 2010-11. On the basis of the feedback received and also keeping in view of the importance of Diagnosis of Chronic Non-communicable Health Problems at the preventive level, it has been decided to expand the project to other dispensaries of CGHS Delhi-NCR. 8 Wellness Centres have been identified in order to initiate the project activity which will cover the whole of CGHS Delhi as referral centres on zonal basis. The dispensaries are as follows-
1. CGHS Wellness Centre, R.K. Puram-V(South Zone)
2. CGHS Wellness Centre, Sadiq Nagar (South Zone)
3. CGHS Wellness Center, Chanakya Puri (Central Zone)
4. CGHS Wellness Centre. Pandara Road (Central Zone)
5. CGHS Wellness Centre. Janakpuri-I(North Zone)
6. CGHS Wellness Centre. Shalimar Bagh(North Zone)
7. CGHS Wellness Centre, Kingsway Camp (East Zone)
8. CGHS Wellness Centre, Ghaziabad (East Zone)
The beneficiaries of the same zone may be referred to the two project centres for Preventive Health Checkup depending upon the laid down criteria.
The beneficiaries above the age of 40 years are to be covered under this project. The beneficiaries' referral has to be done on-line through the In-charge module. The service beneficiaries should be issued a referral slip for further reimbursement at their own offices Serving beneficiaries will not require any permission from their respective offices/departments for this purpose once they are referred by their respective CMO I/c to undergo Preventive Health Check up. Reimbursement would be done as per the package rate of Rs. 790/- for man and Rs.875/- for woman beneficiary. Pensioner beneficiaries would be provided cashless facilities M/s Hindlabs (a unit of HLL Lifecare Ltd.). the service provider, would raise bills in respect of the preventive health check up scheme, directly to the Additional Director CGHS of the concerned zone.
Initially the project will operate on two days a week at every project centre (dispensary) which may be extended depending on the response received. It is decided to conduct Preventive Health Check up on 50 beneficiaries in a day at every project centre M/s Hindlabs will conduct laboratory and E.C.G. investigation as per package for this Preventive Health Checkup. It will setup collection centres at 8 earmarked dispensaries along with facility for E.C.G.
There will be arrangement for proper health education by means of Audio Visual and IEC materials at these project centres which will be supplementary to the clinical and laboratory investigations under this project.
CMO I/c of the Wellness Centres along with the In-charge of the project centres will maintain proper record of the activities for further evaluation of the project in future.
This project will start functioning w.e.f. 1st January, 2012.
All the CMO I/c of Wellness Centres are requested to take note of the new facility that has become available and to give wide publicity to the same in their Wellness Centres for the benefit of CGHS beneficiaries registered with them and refer the interested beneficiaries to the Preventive Health Checkup centres.
All Ministries/Departments are also requested to publicize this facility among their staff members and note that the expenditure incurred by the serving beneficiaries is to be reimbursed as per the package rate of Rs. 790/- and 875/- for man and woman beneficiary respectively for the purpose of Preventive Health Checkup. Any further information if required may be obtained from CMO Project at Office of the Additional Director, CGHS (HO), New Delhi.
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
FIRE AUDIT OF PRIVATE HOSPITALS / DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORIES / IMAGING CENTRES EMPANELLED UNDER CGHS
No: S.11011/23/2009-CGHS D.II/Hospital Cell (Part IX)
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi 110 108 dated, the 13th December, 2011
Subject: Fire Audit of Private Hospitals / Diagnostic Laboratories / Imaging Centres empanelled under CGHS
With reference to the above mentioned subject the undersigned is directed to state that in view of the recent fire accident in a private hospital in Kolkata, it is considered necessary to review the fire safety measures undertaken by the Private Hospitals / Diagnostic Laboratories / Imaging Centres empanelled under CGHS.
2. Accordingly Private Hospitals / Diagnostic Laboratories / Imaging Centres empanelled under CGHS are requested that:
i. A copy of N.O.C. issued / renewed by the concerned Fire Department may be submitted to Addl. Director / Joint Director of CGHS concerned.
ii. Fire safety provisions installed at the Institution to deal with Fire Accidents may be reviewed immediately in consultation with Fire Department and gaps seen may be plugged.
iii. Steps / Drills may be put in place to prevent Leakage of Radiation in case of centres dealing with Radio-active isotopes.
iv. Nodal officers / persons may be identified and specific responsibility fixed for each of them to take necessary action in case of Fire Accident.
v. The identified staff may be got trained accordingly in consultation with Fire Department.
vi. Necessary mock drills may also be organized periodically to see that systems
respond in time in case of disaster.
3. You are requested to take necessary time bound action in this regard under intimation to Director, CGHS.
Deputy Secretary to Government of India
GUIDELINES REGARDING REFERRAL LETTERS AND SETTLEMENT OF BILLS OF EMPANELLED HOSPITALS / DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORIES / IMAGING CENTRES THROUGH UTI-ITSL http://msotransparent.nic.in/writereaddata/cghsdata/mainlinkfile/File427.pdf
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS.
CIRCULAR No. 24 Dated: 24.12.2011
National Council meeting and decisions.
The National Council meeting as scheduled was held at Gananam Hotel Conference hall, Ernakulam, Kochi, Kerala on 16th December, 2011. The National Council was inaugurated by Com. P. Rajiv, M.P. and was presided over by Com. Narasimhan, Vice President. The meeting commenced with observance of two minutes silence to condole the death of comrades who passed away during the period between December, 2010 and December, 2011. The meeting specially moved and adopted a resolution to condole the death of Com. M.K. Pandhe, Member of the Polit bureau of CPI (M) and former General Secretary and President of CITU.
Com. Secretary General presented a brief report to the Council meeting touching upon the events of importance both at national and international arena. He also submitted a work report for the consideration of the house. Decisions taken at the meeting on various agenda items are briefly as under:
Agenda Item Nos 1 to 4. These agenda issues were discussed together. The following were the conclusions.
(a) Review of 25th March to Parliament Programme and the signature campaign
The meeting evaluated the participation of CGE in the programme as very good. It however felt that had some State Committees and the affiliates taken a little more efforts to comply with the quota fixed, the target could have been achieved. The campaign for eliciting the participation of large number of comrades from nearby stations in Delhi had not been properly undertaken.
Reviewing the efforts undertaken by the affiliates and state Committees in the matter of signature cam0paign, the meeting decided to record its disappointment over the laxity in the matter shown by many affiliates and State Committees. The Council praised the endeavour of the Kerala State Committee in the matter as that State alone accounted for almost 1/3rd of the total 3.5 lakhs signatures collected.
(b) Subscription: The Secretary General informed the house that no improvement has been registered in the matter of remittance of subscription to CHQ by the affiliates. He assured to present the receipt and payment position since the last conference to the next National executive. The non-payment of subscription, he added, had a cascading effect in as much as the decision to start a journal, to effect intensive campaign on demands amongst the mass of the employees, the setting up of District level Committees etc., could not be implemented. The Council asked the Sectt. to get in touch with each affiliate to ensure remittance.
(c) Com. R.P. Singh informed the house that the Maharashtra State Committee will try to host the next Conference at Mumbai. No final decision in the matter could be taken at the Council.
(d) The Council felt that the charter of demands must be pursued with action programmes. However, taking into account the fact that the Central Trade Unions have decided to organise a day's strike on 28th Feb. 2012, the National Sectt. of the Confederation was authorised to chalk out campaign programme to popularise the demands and organise agitational programmes culminating in a day's strike action in the monsoon session of the Parliament (i.e. July- August, 2012). The earlier decision to organise a massive march to Parliament on the charter of demands was reiterated. The date will be finalised by the National Sectt. The campaign on the charter of demands will commence after 28th Feb. 2012.
(e) The Steering Committee's decision to organise two hour walk out and demonstration on the next day of the taking up the PFRDA Bill in the Parliament was reiterated. It was also decided that campaign on the ill effects of the Bill must be brought to the notice of all MPs and they may be requested to oppose the Bill. Taking into account the unanimous decision of the Standing Committee to incorporate a minimum guaranteed pension, the Council decided to emphasise that the Central Government employees must be ensured with the guarantee of Minimum pension of 50% of the last pay drawn, family pension benefit and such other facilities as are presently available.
Agenda Item No. 5.
Participation in the ensuing strike action on 28th Feb. 2012.
The Council unanimously endorsed the decision of the Central Trade Unions to organise a day's strike action on 28th Feb. 2012 and a resolution was adopted to call upon all CGEs organisations affiliated to Confederation to take strenuous efforts to ensure the participation of all members in the strike action on 28th Feb. 2012.
Agenda Item No. 6, National anomaly committee - Secretary General informed the council that the National Anomaly Committee is slated to meet on 5th Jan. 2012. He however, informed the members that no settlement on serious issues is likely to come out in the said meeting.
Agenda Item No.7
The Council adopted a resolution to be submitted to the Cabinet Secretary demanding the revival of the functioning of the Departmental Councils of Various Ministries.
Another resolution was adopted to extend the solidarity and support of the Confederation to the Postal Employees who have decided under the auspices of the Joint Council of Action of Postal organisations to embark upon indefinite strike in Jan. 2012 for the Postal Board did not honour the commitment made earlier especially in the matter of closure of RMS offices as per the suggestion of the McKenzie Committee report.
The Council decided to deplore through a resolution the terror attacks on T.U. Activists going on in West Bengal after the last general election.
The Council also adopted a resolution demanding grant of regular recognition to NFPE enabling it to be represented in the NC of JCM.
The Kerala State Committee had made excellent arrangements for the conduct of the Council meeting and for the stay of the Council members. On behalf of the National Secretariat Com. KV Sreedharan, Vice President, Confederation profusely thanked the State Committee and the volunteer comrades who made it possible. Com PG Saseendran, Secretary, Ernakulam District Committee of Confederation offered vote of thanks.
Friday, December 23, 2011
RESERVATION FOR OTHER BACKWARD CLASSES IN CIVIL POSTS AND SERVICES UNDER THE GOVT. OF INDIA — SUB-QUOTA FOR MINORITY COMMUNITIES
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block. New Delhi- 110001
Dated the 22nd December, 2011
Subject: Reservation for Other Backward Classes in Civil Posts and Services under the Govt. of India — Sub-quota for Minority Communities.
The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Department's O.M. No.36012/22/93-Estt.(SCT) dated 8th September, 1993 regarding reservation for Other Backward Classes in civil posts and services under the Government of India.
2. The Government of India had set up the National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities to suggest criteria for the identification of the socially and economically backward sections amongst Religious and Linguistic Minorities and to recommend measures for their welfare, including reservation in Government employment. The Commission submitted its report to the Government on 10th May. 2007, wherein it had, inter-alia, recommended creation of a sub-quota for minorities from within the reservation of 27% available to OBCs, in Government employment.
3. The Government have carefully considered the above recommendation and it has been decided to carve out a sub-quota of 4.5% for minorities, as
defined under Section 2 (c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act. 1992, from within the 27% reservation for OBCs as notified by the aforesaid O.M. The castes / communities of the said minorities which are included in the Central list of OBCs, notified state-wise from time to time by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, shall be covered by the said sub-quota.
4. Similar instructions in respect of public sector undertakings and financial institutions including public sector banks will be issued by the Department of Public Enterprises and by the Ministry of Finance respectively.
5. These orders will have effect from 1st January, 2012 and the O.M. No. 36012/22 93-Estt. (SCT), dated 8th September, 1993 stands modified to the above extent.
6. The Hindi version of the O.M, follows.
(Sharad Kumar Srivastava)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
ORGANISE NATIONWIDE PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST THE MOVE OF GOVERNMENT TO ADOPT PFRDA BILL
UPA GOVERNMENT GOES AHEAD
WITH THE RETROGRADE PENSION REFORMS
UNDETERRED BY THE TEMPORARY DEFEAT ON ALLOWING FDI IN RETAIL TRADE, GOVERNMENT ENTERED INTO A PACT WITH MAIN OPPOSITION PARTY TO PUSH THROUGH PENSION PRIVATIZATION BILL
UPA GOVERNMENT LED BY CONGRESS AND MAIN OPPOSITION LED BY BJP JOIN HANDS TO PRIVATIZE PENSION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES IN THE NAME OF DECISIONS OF STANDING COMMITTEE OF FINANCE ACCEPTED FOR INCORPORATION IN THE PROPOSED PFRDA BILL BY GOVERNMENT
PFRDA BILL IS EXPECTED TO BE TAKEN UP FOR ADOPTION ON 21st DECEMBER IN PARLIAMENT WITH THE SUPPORT OF OPPOSITION PARTIES EXCLUGING LEFT PARTIES
LEFT PARTIES ALONE STAND WITH
THE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES TO DEFEND OUR RIGHT
TO SOCIAL SECURITY
COMRADE BASUDEV ACHARYA M.P MOVES AN AMENDMENT FOR GUARENTEEING MINIMUM STATUTORY PENSION UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES
STEERING COMMITTEE OF ORGANISATIONS AGAINST PFRDA CALLS UPON ALL CENTRAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES TO STAGE STRONG PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS AT WORK SPOTS ON 22/12/2011
STEERING COMMITTEE DECIDEDS TO
INTENSIFY THE STRUGGLE FOR
WITHDRAWAL OF PFRDA
The Steering Committee of Government Employees Organisations on PFRDA has given a clarion call to agitate nationwide by staging strong protest demonstrations at all work spots on 22nd December, 2011 on the face of the decision of the Government to move the PFRDA Bill for adoption today in Parliament. The adoption of the bill is one of the most retrograde moves in the path of neo-liberalization surrender to international finance capital by the Government. The Social Security of all Government Employees is in peril. Let us agitatate strongly as per the call of the Steering Committee communicated through the minutes of the meeting furnished below:
Minutes of the meeting of the Steering Committee of Government Employees Organisations on PFRDA Bill held on 20th December 2011 at AIRF Head Quarters (4, State Entry Road, New Delhi)
The steering Committee of Government Employees Organisations on PFRDA Bill met at AIRF Head Quarters ie 4, State Entry Road, New Delhi on 20th December 2011. Following were present.
1. Com Shiv Gopal Mishra, General Secretary AIRF
2. Com. Sukomal Sen, Sr Vice President, AISGEF
3. Com C. Sreekumar, General Secretary, AIDEF
4. Com. M. S. Raja, Secretary, Confederation of
CG Employees & Workers
5. Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary,
6. Com. OP Vasisht, AIDEF
7. Com. Shyam Sundar, Secretary General,
Bharat Central Pensioners'
1. The PFRDA bill is expected to come up in the Lok Sabha on 21st Dec.2011. The Steering Committee calls upon to hold 2-hour demonstration in the work place on 22nd December 2011 against passage of the bill and demanding its withdrawal.
2. In case the bill does not come up in this session for some unforeseen circumstances (which has been extended upto 29th December 2011), the Steering Committee shall write to all MPs on the need to withdraw the Bill. The field formations shall contact the MP of their station and submit the letter.
3. Future agitational programmes shall be decided after the one day strike called by central trade unions on 28th February 2012. The demand 'Assured Pension for all' formulated by Central TUs shall be modified by the constituents of Steering Committee to "Scrap PFRDA bill/NPS; ensure pension for all".
Thursday, December 15, 2011
JOINT CONSULTATIVE MACHINERY (JCM) – FAQ
Department of Personnel and Training has given detailed procedures of Joint Consultative Machinery and Arbitration as Frequently Asked Questions…
The JCM Scheme provides for setting up of Joint Councils at the National, Departmental and Regional/Office levels. This mechanism is available for resolving issues pertaining to Group 'C' & 'D' employees. The National Council is the apex body. The Council deals with matters affecting Central Govt. employees generally. The Chairman of this Council is Cabinet Secretary. The ordinary meeting of the Council shall be held as often as necessary, and not less than once in four months.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
1. What is Joint Consultative Machinery?
The scheme of Joint Consultative Machinery is a platform for constructive dialogue between the representatives of the staff side and the official side for peaceful resolution of all disputes between the Government as employer and the employees. The scheme was introduced in 1966 with the objectives of promoting harmonious relations and securing the greatest measure of cooperation between the Central Government as the employer and the employees in matters of common concern and with the object of further increasing the efficiency of the public service combined with the well being of those employed. The scheme is a non statutory one mutually agreed upon between the staff side and the official side.
2. What is the applicability of the JCM Scheme?
The scheme covers all regular civil employees of the Central Government, except:
(a) The Class -I services;
(b) The Class-II services, other than the Central Secretariat Services and the other comparable services in the headquarters organisation of the Government;
(c) Persons in industrial establishments employed mainly in managerial or administrative capacity, and those who being employed in supervisory capacity drawing salary going beyond grade pay of Rs.4200/- per month;
(d) Employees of the Union Territories; and
(e) Police personnel.
3. What is the structure of the Joint Councils under the JCM Scheme?
The scheme provides for setting up of Joint Councils at the National, Departmental and Regional / Office levels. The National Council, chaired by the Cabinet Secretary, is the apex body.
4. How are staff side members selected for various Joint Councils?
The representatives of the staff side for various Joint Councils are chosen / selected from members of the recognized service associations/ unions.
5. What is the time schedule for holding meetings of the National! Departmental Councils?
As per the JCM Scheme, ordinary meeting of the National Council/ Departmental Council may be held as often as necessary as but not less than once in four months.
6. How recognition is granted to the staff associations?
The Department of Personnel & Training being the nodal department for matters relating to Joint Consultative Machinery and Compulsory Arbitration, has notified Central Civil Services (Recognition of Associations) Rules, 1993 for the purpose of granting recognition to various service associations. Recognition is actually granted by the concerned Ministry/Department in accordance with the CCS (RSA) Rules, 1993. In case of any doubt or confusion, the matter is referred to the JCA Section of the Department of Personnel & Training for clarification / advice.
7. What are the facilities available to recognised associations?
The recognized associations/ unions enjoy certain facilities like:
(a) Negotiations with the employer;
(b) Correspondence and meetings with the head of the administrative departments;
(c) Provision of accommodation for the associations subject to availability;
(d) Facility of special casual leave up to 20 days in a year to the office bearers of
(e) Payment of T.A/ D.A for attending officially sponsored meetings; and
(f) Facility of seeking transfer of Chief Executive of the Union /association to the Headquarters of the appropriate head of administration.
8. What will happen if there is no agreement between the staff and the official side?
If there is no agreement between the staff and the official side on an arbitrable issue, then the matter is to be referred to the Board of Arbitration if so desired by the staff side.
9. What are the Issues on which arbitration is possible?
The arbitration is limited to the following issues:
(a) Pay and allowances;
(b) Weekly hours of work; and
10. Is the award given by the Board of Arbitration binding on the parties?
The award given by the Board of Arbitration is binding on the Government as well as the staff side subject to the overriding authority of the Parliament. The award can be modified / rejected only with the approval of the Parliament through a formal resolution on grounds affecting national economy or social justice.
FAQS (FREQUENTLY ANSWERED QUESTIONS)
CHILDREN EDUCATION ALLOWANCE
Department of Personnel and Training, Establishment (Allowance) Section has released a set of FAQs (Frequently Answered Questions) and replies for the same relating to Children Education Allowance payable to Central Government Employees as reimbursement for educational expenses incurred for two children. Also DOPT has issued various clarifications regarding this allowance from time to time.
1. Whether Reimbursement of Children Education Allowance (CEA) for 3rd child is permissible if CEA has not been claimed for 1st and or 2nd child. As per OM dated 2.9.2008 CEA is admissible for two school going children. Does it mean any two school going children?
Answer: As per OM No. 12011/03/2008- Estt.(AL) dated 11 .11.2008, Children Education Allowance would be admissible for more than two children in case the number of children exceeds two as a result of the second child birth resulting in twins or multiple birth. This implies that the CEA will be admissible only in the cases of two eldest surviving children and CEA for third or subsequent child will only be permissible if there is a case of multiple birth at the time of second child birth. Further, reimbursement of CEA for the 3rd child is admissible in case of failure of sterilization operation.
2. What are the fee that are reimbursable? Whether Development Fees, Annual Charges, Transportation fees are reimbursable? Reimbursement towards purchase of school bag, water bottle, uniform, shoes and stationary is admissible?
Answer: As per OM No.12011/03/2008-Estt (AL) dated 2.9.2008, tuition fee, admission fee, laboratory fee, special fee charged for agriculture, electronics, music or any other subject, fee charged for practical work, fee paid for the use of any aid or appliances by the child, library fee, games/sports fee and fee for extra-curricular activities are reimbursable subject to the condition that the aforementioned fee are charged by the school directly from the student. Besides, reimbursement for purchase of one set of text books and notebooks, two sets of uniforms prescribed by the school in which the child is studying, one pair of shoes, in an academic year are reimbursable. Uniform include all items of clothing prescribed for a day, as uniform by the school, irrespective of colours/winter/summer/PT uniforms.
3. Whether CEA has been increased by 25% as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowances beyond 50%?
Answer: This Department's OM No. 12011/03/2008-Esn.(AL) dated 2.9.2008 clearly indicates that the limits "would be automatically raised by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%. There is no need for any separate order from this Department to effect enhancement of CEA as a result of increase in DA by 50%. However, O.M. NO. 12011/01/2011-Estt.(Allowance) dated 4th May, 2011, has been issued to clarify this further.
4. Whether CEA can be claimed for the child for the same class twice?
Answer: The reimbursement of CEA is not linked to the performance of the child in his class. Even if a child fails in a particular class, the reimbursement is permissible. However, if the child is admitted in the same class in another school, although the child has passed out of the same class in previous school or in the mid-session, CEA shall not be reimbursable.
5. Whether Hostel subsidy is reimbursable irrespective of transfer liability?
Answer: Hostel Subsidy is reimbursable to all Central Govt, employees for keeping their ward in the Hostel of a residential school away from the station in which the employee is posted or residing irrespective of any transfer liability
6. Whether the admissible amount on account of CEA can be reimbursed in full to a Govt. servant in the first quarter of the financial /academic year itself ?
Answer: A Govt. servant is allowed to get 50% of the total amount subject to the overall annual ceiling in the first quarter and the remaining amount in third and or fourth quarter. Front-loading of the entire amount in the first and second quarters is not allowed.
7. Whether any age limit has been prescribed for reimbursement of CEA in respect of children studying in nursery classes?
Answer: There is no minimum age prescribed for reimbursement of CEA in respect ol children admitted in nursery classes. However, with regard to physically challenged children the minimum age of 5 (five) years has been prescribed. The maximum age for normal child is 20 years and for physically challenged children the maximum age is 22 years.
8. Whether the school/Institution should be recognized?
Answer: The school/Institution has to be recognized by the Central or State Government or U'T administration or by University or a recognized educational authority having jurisdiction over the area where the institution is situated.
9. Whether CEA is payable for the children of Central Government employees and studying abroad, including children of citizens of Nepal/Bhutan but working in Government of India, and the children are studying in the schools in their native place, i.e., Nepal/Bhutan?
Answer: The CEA is payable for the children of all Central Government employees including citizens of Nepal and Bhutan, who are employees of Government of India, and whose children are studying abroad. However, a certificate may be obtained from the Indian Mission abroad that the school is recognized by the educational authority having jurisdiction over the area where the institution is situated.
10. Whether CEA is admissible to Government Servant who ceases to be in Service due to retirement, discharge, dismissal or removal from service in the course of academic year?
Answer: CEA/hostel subsidy shall be admissible till the end of the academic year in which the Government Servant ceases to be in service due to retirement, discharge, dismissal or removal from service in the course of an academic year. The payment shall be made by the office in which the Government Servant worked prior to these events and will be regulated by the other conditions laid down under CEA Scheme.
11. Whether Children of a Government Servant who dies while in service are still eligible for reimbursement under new CEA Scheme?
Answer: If a Government servant dies while in service the children education allowance or hostel subsidy shall be admissible in respect of his/her children subject to observance of other conditions for its grant provided the wife/husband of the deceased is not employed in service of the Central Government, State Government, Autonomous body, PSU, Semi government organization such Municipality, Port Trust authority or any other organization partly or fully funded by the Central government/State governments. In such cases the CEA/Hostel Subsidy shall be payable to the Children till such time the employee would have actually received the same, subject to the condition that other terms and conditions are fulfilled. The payment shall be made by the office in which the Government Servant was working prior to his death and will be regulated by the other conditions laid down under CEA Scheme.
12. Whether upper age limit of children has been prescribed for claiming CEA?
Answer: The upper age limit for disabled children has been set at the age of 22 years. In the case of other children the age limit will be 20 years or till the time of passing 12th class which ever is earlier. Cases where reimbursement have been already made in respect of children above this age may not be reopened.
13. Whether CEA can be allowed in case of Children studying through Correspondence or distance learning?
Answer: It has also been decided that CEA may henceforth be allowed in case of children studying through "Correspondence or Distance Learning" subject to other condition prescribed.
14. What is definition of the terms "two sets of uniform"?
Answer: "Two sets of Uniform" would mean two sets of uniform prescribed by the School in which the child is studying. As set of uniform will include all items of clothing prescribed for a day, as uniform by the School. Reimbursement may be allowed for two sets of such uniform irrespective of the colors/winter/summer/PT uniform.
15. What is definition of "One set of Shoes"?
Answer: "One set of shoes" would mean one pair of shoes.
16. What is definition of station for the purpose of hostel subsidy?
Answer: It is clarified that for the purpose of hostel subsidy, station would be demarcated by the first three digits of pin code of the area where the Government Servant is posted and/or residing. The first three digits of the PIN code indicate a Revenue District.
17. Whether fee paid to organisations/Institutions other than the school or fees paid to private tutors is reimbursable?
Answer: No. It is clarified that the term 'fee' contained in the para 1(e) of the OM dated 2.9.2008 would mean the fee charged by the School directly from the student.