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Government Clarifies:
No change in retirement age
The Cabinet Secretary K. M. Chandrasekhar today informed that there is no plans to revise the retirement age for Central Government employees. After the sixth pay commission implementation, employees were hoping for the rise in pension age, as doing so can reduce the burden of the additional payment to some extend. However the government decided other stopping all the rumours associated. Shri. K. M. Chandrasekhar clarified that the government has no intentions in changing the retirement age and the current system will be followed. “I tried to find out. But there is no file in (Department of) Expenditure, no file in DOPT (Department of Personnel and Training). There is nothing. It is more of a wishful thinking,” he said in an interview. At present the retirement age for the Central Government employees is 60. He also added that there is no plans to unify the retirement age of the state government staff across the states. “The states will decide their own retirement age,” he said. All states have their own retirement age - starting from 55 years (Kerala) to 60 years (Uttar Pradesh, Assam etc). The Madhya Pradesh government teachers retire at the age of 62 years.
source: Economic Times

Children Education Allowance - clarification from DOP&T

Dopt has issued an office memorandum regarding the subject of Children Education Allowance, clarifications are directed about the Hostel Subsidy...

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi, the 11th November,2008


Sub: Children Education Allowance - clarification

        Subsequent to issue of DOP&T OM No. 12011/3/2008-Estt.(Allowance) dated 2 nd Sept, 2008 allowing Children Education Allowance 1 Hostel Subsidy , clarifications on certain points have been sought by Govt. servants/Ministries/Departments. The doubts raised by various authorities are clarified as under :

(i) What is the definition of ' Year' & 'Hostel Subsidy' as per the OM No.12011/3/2008-Estt. (Allowance) dt. 2 nd Sept, 2008 on the subject Children Education Allowance? (i) 'Year' means academic year i.e. twelve months of complete academic session. (ii) Hostel Subsidy means expenses incurred by the Govt. servant if he has to keep his children in the hostel of a residential school away from the station at which he is posted! or is residing. It may include expenses towards boarding, lodging and expenses as detailed in para (e) of the original OM No. 12011/3/2008- Estt.(Allowance)dt. 2 nd Sept, 2008
(ii)What is the amount of reimbursement of Children Education Allowance for the year 2008-09 in the OM No. 12011/3/2008- Estt.(AL) dt. 2 nd Sept, 2008? It may be calculated on prorata basis @ maximum of Rs.1000/-per month per child w.e.f. 1st September, 2008.
(iii)Whether DOPT OM No.12011/3/2008-Estt.(Allowance) dated 2 nd Sept, 2008 is admissible reimbursement of Children Education Allowance for pursuing Diploma Course for the initial years Polytechnic? In cases where minimum qualifications for admission in the two years Diploma course in Polytechnic is 10 th Class and the student joins the polytechnic after passing X class, the reimbursement of tuition fees shall also be allowed for the 1st and 2 nd year classes of the above course.
(iv)Whether children attending day- boarding, whether attached to schools or not are eligible to draw hostel subsidy? No. They are not eligible
(v) Whether the restriction of classes Nursery to class Twelfth as applicable for Children Education Allowance is also applicable for drawing hostel subsidy? Yes
(vi)Whether Children Education allowance is admissible for more than two children in case the number of two children in case the number of multiple birth? Yes, if the number of children exceeds two as a result of second child birth resulting in twins or multiple births.
(vii) Whether Children Education Allowance/ Hostel Subsidy will be admissible during suspension or leave? The Children Education Allowance or hostel subsidy shall be admissible to a Govt. servant while he/she is on duty or is under suspension or is on leave (including extra ordinary leave). Provided that during any period which is treated as 'dies non' the Govt. servant shall not be eligible for the Allowance /reimbursement /subsidy for the period.
(viii) Whether reimbursement of Children Education Allowance as per OM No. 12011/4/2008- Estt.(AL) dt.11th Sept, 2008 is admissible disabled Children of Govt. employees who undergoes non formal Education or Vocational Training or other similar instructions? Yes. As long as a physically / mentally handicapped child studies in any institution i.e. aided or approved for by the Centrall State Govt. or UT Administration or whose fees are Administration or whose fees are approved by any of these authorities, the Children Education Allowance paid by the Govt. servant shall be reimbursed irrespective of whether the institution is 'recognized' or not. In such cases the benefits will be admissible between the age limits 5 to 22 years.

2. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance.

 3. Hindi version will follow.

Source document from www.persmin.nic.in

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