Grant of Children Education Allowance to two children in case of first child being totally mentally disabled
The secretary (E),
Sub: Grant of Children Education Allowance to mentally disabled to two children in case of first child being totally mentally disabled – reg.
Ref: Railway Board’s letter No.E(W)2014/ED-2/4 dated 24/09/2014 and E(W)2008/ED-2/4 dated 01/06/2015.
Federation has been receiving grievances from those Railway employees who unfortunately have been graced with 1st child (out of three living children) being mentally disabled/retarded and is unable to receive education even at a school meant for the differently abled children due to physical/mental infirmity. Federation feels disappointed to note that the extant instructions contained in Board’s letter dated 24/09/2014 & O1/06/2015, cited under reference, do not cover the genuine problems faced by the Railway employees, consequently, payment of Children Education Allowance to the third ward is denied on the plea that the CEA/Hostel subsidy shall be admissible only to the eldest two surviving children.
Federation also feels that the genuineness of these types of cases has not been brought to the notice of Government (DoP&T, MoF), for consideration. Federation feels that the condition for reimbursement of Children Education Allowance/Hostel subsidy imposed by the DoP&T needs to be reviewed and relaxed suitably so that any two children out of three can become eligible for CEA and Hostel subsidy in those cases where one of three being differently abled and cannot receive education under any circumstances.
NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to kindly make out proper case with justification and refer the matter to the DoP&T for granting relaxation of the condition so that payment of Children Education Allowance/Hostel subsidy is ensured to two school/college going children out of three – one of whom being totally disabled. A copy of the proposal sent to the DoP&T may kindly be provided to the Federation for taking up the issue at Government’s level.