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Central Government employees have been advised to redirect their Children Education Allowance (CEA) and Hostel Subsidy reimbursement claims to their respective departments, rather than submitting them directly to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). This change aims to streamline the process and ensure that claims are routed through the appropriate channels.
Guidance from DoPT: In a recent development, the DoPT issued an Office Memorandum on August 25, 2023, addressing the issue of some Government employees submitting their CEA claims directly to the department. The memorandum emphasizes that employees should instead submit their CEA and Hostel Subsidy claims to the office or department where they are currently serving or, in unfortunate cases of employee demise, to the office/department where they last served. This directive is in accordance with the provisions outlined in O.M. No.A-27012.02/2017-Estt. (AL) dated July 17, 2018.
Transition to e-HRMS: For Ministries/Departments where the electronic Human Resources Management System (e-HRMS) is operational, the DoPT suggests that Government Employees use this system to submit their CEA claims. Additionally, the memorandum urges Ministries/Departments that have yet to implement e-HRMS to expedite the onboarding process.
Revised Childcare Leave Rules: Earlier this month, the DoPT introduced new childcare leave rules for eligible members of the All India Services (AIS). These revised rules enable eligible AIS members to avail paid leaves for up to 2 years during their entire service tenure, specifically for the care of a maximum of two of their eldest children.
Anticipating Revised Dearness Allowance Rates: Central Government Employees are eagerly awaiting an announcement regarding the revised Dearness Allowance (DA) rates, set to take effect from July 1, 2023. There is speculation that an increase in the DA rate, from the current 42% to 45%, might be announced in the coming month. This potential hike is anticipated to bring positive financial adjustments for employees, alongside a Dearness Relief (DR) hike for pensioners.
By adhering to these new guidelines, Central Government employees can ensure a smoother reimbursement process for Children Education Allowance and Hostel Subsidy claims, while also staying informed about potential changes in allowances and benefits.`