52 Lakh Govt Employees Can Claim Children Education Allowance Without Any Proof!
The central government has issued a clarification regarding Children Education Allowance (CEA) being given to the central government employees. In the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown, the centre has allowed self-certification of the Children Education Allowance claims.
Children Education Allowance(CEA)
The central government has clarified the Children Education Allowance (CEA) that is paid to central government employees, which will be a tremendous relief to the approximately 52 lakh central government employees who have been unable to claim CEA due to the lockdown.
In this regard, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has issued an Office Memorandum (OM).
The DoPT Office Memorandum regarding the centre’s move to grant relief to central government personnel has also added that “the matter has been considered and it has been decided that in relaxation of para 2(b) of this Department’s OM No.A-27012/02/2017-Estt. (AL) dated 17th July 2018, the CEA claims may also be considered through a self-certification made from the concerned employees or through a printout of e-mail/SMS of result/report card/fee payment, in addition to the prescribed modes of claims only for the academic years ending March 2020 and March 2021.”
Why Government Employed Parents Had To Face Difficulty In Claiming CEA?
According to the DoPT Office Memorandum, there were multiple references and questions from central government employees claiming that, because of the current pandemic scenario, the School did not send results or report cards to parents by SMS or email, and the money was also deposited online.
DoPT has stated in its recent official memorandum that “this Department has been receiving several references/ queries from Central Government employees stating that in the prevailing pandemic situation, result/report cards were not sent to the parents by the School through SMS / email, and the fee is also being deposited online, and the parents are having difficulty in claiming CEA.”
Due to this, parents employed at the central government had to face difficulty in claiming Children Education Allowance. The DoPT Office Memorandum also said that cases already settled in favour of the central government servant need not be reopened.