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Clarifications on Children Education Allowance Scheme

by GConnect TeamJanuary 5, 2011

Children Education Allowance Scheme was first introduced after implementation of sixth pay commission in OM.No: 12011/3/2008-Estt (Allowance) dated 02.09.2008 and Clarifications were issued  under following Office Memorandums

Now DOPT has again clarified certain points on  Children Education Allowance Scheme.  Those points are

  • 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?
  • Whether Children of a Government Servant who dies while in service are still eligible for reimbursement under new CEA Scheme?
  • Whether upper age limit of children has been prescribed for claiming CEA?
  • Whether CEA can be allowed in case of Children studying through Correspondence or distance learning?
  • What is definition of the terms "two sets of uniform"?
  • What is definition of "One set of Shoes"?
  • what is definition of station for the purpose of hostel subsidy?
  • Whether fee paid to organisations/Institutions other than the school or fees paid to private tutors  is reimbursable?

The above queries have been clarified by the New Clarification dated 30.12.2010.

For more details read this Office Memorandum No. 12011/08/2010-Estt. (AL) dated 30.12.2010

39 Comments
  • JugalRay
    May 21, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Sir,
    my daughter is now going to complete in +2 2nd year commerce in in 2012 at the age of17..So far I have not claimed any children education allowance,having her the only  one child.can I claim PREVIOUS YEAR  C.E.A. ?

  • simanchal ratha
    March 4, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Dear Sir
    Is there a mean to establish that a school is recognized or not ??? This clause is being misinterpreted by officers and they are rejecting the claims saying this school is not recognized .
    The onus of establishing that a particular school is recognized or not , rests on whom ??? the claimant or the government or government of the land/area.

  • Rahul
    December 16, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Respested Sir,MY TWO ELDEST CHILDREN OUT OF CBSE SO I DID NOT CLAIM CEA FOR THEM CAN I GET CEA OF 3rd AND 4th CHILD INSTEAD OF 1st AND 2nd CHILD.

    Thank You.

  • G N Shah
    December 12, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    sir as per letter no.21011/16/2009-Estt.(AL) Govt of India Ministry of personal, P G and pensioners, Department of personal and training, new Delhi dated 17th June 2011, it is clarified that the  reimbursement of Children education allowance  is admissible only for the first child  borne after failure of sterilization  operation.. i want to know am i entitled to draw the CEA of my 3rd child, who was borne after failure of sterilization operation. as i was undergone sterilization operation after borne of 02 children s, and third one was borne after sterilization operation…. secondly the tie belt are also prescribed by the school authorities… and practical note books are also part of the note books and text books…. your reply regarding my previous request dated 09-12-2011, is not  clear to understand my doubts… please clarify my doubts as according the above GOI letter no… waiting your reply…..sir

  • G N Shah
    December 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    sir, i had claimed CEA of my 2 children s, they are studying in class IX and X,  but my departmental Auditors deducted me the cost of school Tie, School Belt, geometry boxes and the cost of Science practical note books, they objected the point and asked me to refund the cost of above mentioned articles, can you please clarify me, the above items are part of text books, and note books, and school uniform. under CEA or not…. secondly i was gone through ssterlization operation after borne of my 02 childrens in the year 1998.. but the sterlization operation got failed after born of my 3rd child, can i avail the facility to remburse the CEA of my third child, who was born after sterlization operation…. please clearify the above points…. thanking you sir… 

    • admin
      December 11, 2011 at 11:50 pm

      The office memorandum meant for CEA provides for reimbursement of amount paid for 2 sets of uniforms and one set of text books. We feel that uniform includes tie and belt if the same are prescribed by the school. So you are definitely entitled for reimbursement in respect of these items. If the science practical notebook is not a text book, you will not be entitled for the reimbursement of amount paid for the same.

      As far as your second question is concerned, the provisions for CEA is not connected with family planning. Hence we feel that you will not be entitled for CEA in respect of your third child

      • G N Shah
        December 12, 2011 at 4:47 pm

        ir as per letter no.21011/16/2009-Estt.(AL) Govt of India Ministry of personal, P G and pensioners, Department of personal and training, new Delhi dated 17th June 2011, it is clarified that the  reimbursement of Children education allowance  is admissible only for the first child  borne after failure of sterilization  operation.. i want to know am i entitled to draw the CEA of my 3rd child, who was borne after failure of sterilization operation. as i was undergone sterilization operation after borne of 02 children s, and third one was borne after sterilization operation…. secondly the tie belt are also prescribed by the school authorities… and practical note books are also part of the note books and text books…. your reply regarding my previous request dated 09-12-2011, is not  clear to understand my doubts… please clarify my doubts as according the above GOI letter no… waiting your reply…..sir

    • admin
      December 12, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      Sorry for the mistake happened while answering your query. As per the DOPT OM itself, amount paid towards one set of notebooks are reimbursable. Check also the following FAQ released by DOPT regarding CEA. Sorry for inconvenience caused.

      http://persmin.gov.in/DOPT/RTICorner/ProactiveDisclosure/FAQ_Allowance.pdf

    • admin
      December 12, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      Also your query regarding applicability of CEA in case of sterilization operation has also been answered by DOPT in the list of Frequently Asked Questions. As per this clarification you entitled for CEA.

      Please go through this DOPT’s FAQ.

      http://persmin.gov.in/DOPT/RTICorner/ProactiveDisclosure/FAQ_Allowance.pdf

  • abhilash uttam
    October 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    As per the clarification dated 30.12.10, ‘one set of shoe’ means only one pair of shoes. As per the clarification, two set of uniform means , two sets. Since, Shoes also form part of the uniform, DOPT must clarify that the two sets of uniform, includes two sets of shoes also and that no separate count for shoes is required.

  • amit saxena
    October 17, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Sir, my daughter is studying in nursery from july 2011. she is 4 year old. I submitted CEA for her. but my office returned the claim saying that she is not 5 yrs old. What I do” Is there specific order that children below 5 years can claim CEA. An early reply willbe highly appreciated. thanks.

  • mahaboob ali
    October 7, 2011 at 11:55 am

    my child (13/05/2008)is studying in nursury.can i claim CEA for nursury class.

  • Vijay Raghavan
    July 19, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Whether Bus charges directly cllected by the School is elegible for re-imbursement.
    Please clarify.

  • lakshmi
    July 15, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    can we claim full amount of CEA, Rs 15000, at the end of first quarter and do not claim any money subsequently. pl quote the dopt order.

  • chanderpaul
    June 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    i want to know that i have four children in my family. two elder daughter and two younger son so acco. to the new cea will i able to get the allowance on my 3rd and 4th son in my family
    plse give me valuable ans. 

  • Inder jeet
    May 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I have three child first child studies in BA and second child suffering from autism and not able to go to school.  It is clarify to me can i claim tuition for my third child. 

  • Govindaraju
    May 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    When I claimed hostel subsidy and tuition fees under the new Children Education Allowance Scheme for my daughter, my application was returned as not eligible on the following grounds:
    As per OM No. 12011/08/2010-Estt (AL) dated 30th Dec 2010 “It is clarified that for the purpose of hosted subsidy,  station  would  be demarcated  by  the  first three  digits  of  the  PIN  Code  of  the  area  where  the Government   Servant  is  posed  and/or  residing’.  ‘The first three digits of the PIN Code indicate a Revenue District”. 
    Based on the OM, since the pin code for my place of posting/residence is 641018/641015 and pin code for the residential school which is about 50 kms from the place of posting/residence is 641302 having a common first three digits of PIN Code my application was returned as not eligible.  
    It is not possible to operate as a day scholar to a place which about 50 kms from residence though the  first three  digits  of  the  PIN  Code  of  the  area  where  the Government   Servant  is  posed  and/or residing considering as same station. Though it is in same district having common first three digits of PIN Code the place of school is in a different “Taluk” 50 Kms apart.  
    As per the clarification issued by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, New Delhi vide Memorandum No.12011/03/2008-Estt(Allow) dated 11.11.2008, Hostel Subsidy means expenses incurred by the Government servant if he has to keep his children in the hostel of residential school away from the station at which he is posted/or is residing. 
    Can any one kindly clarify that what is the solution to claim hostel subsidy in this situation?

  • February 15, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Sir, Kindly let me know whether the child care leave in respect of 3rd child, i eligible or . or not? & also Child education allowabce

    thanking you

  • ANISH SHARMA
    February 1, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Sir,
    My son (04/12/2006) is in pre. nur. now and will go in nur. in april 11. so can i take child education allowance

    thnks and regards

    • Navneet
      February 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      If he will go in the Ist class (session 2012-2013) after nursery then you can claim CEA.

      • Navneet
        February 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm

        Means before Ist class child can study only two years. Class name doesn’t matter it may be pre-nursery, nursery, lkg, ukg, KG, Seedling, Sapling.

  • Navneet
    January 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    If a person died in Octboer 2008. And his wife is a housewife. She is receiving only family pension from her husbands office. Whether she get reimbursement of CEA for her two eldest children for the Academic Year 2009-10, 2010-11 and for further years also till they pass class 12th. Whether it is for the Academic year 2008-09 only.

  • K.M.Pillai
    January 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I have a son who is suffering from Autisam so he is not able to go to a regular school, instead he is going to a special school. In that case can i avail the Tution fees reimbursement which i am paying to the special school. If yes the how long can i claim such amount. Please suggest

  • P.K. Arora
    January 9, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    In response to the query of Shri SG Waikar, I have to add that since the 2008 circular does not include TERM FEE in the list of fees reimbursable, almost all C.G offices including the one where I work are not reimbursing TERM FEES. The DOPT should clarify on this urgently.

    • lochi
      December 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm

      what is the latest position on the admissibilty of term fees? has DOPT issued any clarification so that we may refer the same please?

  • S G WAIKAR
    January 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Sir, Kindly let me know whether the term fee will be reimbursable or not?

    thanking you

    sudhir waikar

  • gokul
    January 5, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    In most of the States, the schools have prescribed the uniform for students, in a such a way that once in a week (day as decided by the school authorities) students have to wear a DIFFERENT COLOUR uniform set. eg. My son, who is studying in Kerala, needs to wear green colour uniform with black shoes on all days except on Wednesday, on which day he should wear white colour uniform with white shoes. As per the clarification dated 30.12.10, ‘one set of shoe’ means only one pair of shoes. As per the clarification, two set of uniform means , two sets. Since, Shoes also form part of the uniform, DOPT must clarify that the two sets of uniform, includes two sets of shoes also and that no separate count for shoes is required.

  • Vinod Kumar.J.S
    January 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    My doubt is whether uniform stitching charges are allowed under CEA. Some Offices are not allowing reimbursement of stitching charges

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