Central government employees are eligible for the monthly Rs 2,250 Children Education Allowance (CEA) per child but as per the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) this CEA will go up when the Dearness Allowance (DA) on the revised pay structure goes up by 50 per cent. According to the DoPT norms, a central government employee is eligible for the CEA for two children only and the CEA will go up by 25 per cent automatically when the DA rises 50 per cent of the revised pay structure. However, in the case of a Divyang child, the CEA gets doubled at Rs 4,500 per month. Apart from CEA, a central government employee is eligible for a monthly hostel subsidy of Rs 6,750 as well.
Specifying the CEA, the DoPT norms say, “The amount for reimbursement for Children Education Allowance will be Rs 2,250 per month per child. This amount of Rs 2,250 is fixed irrespective of the actual expenses incurred by the Government Servant.” The DoPT rules further say that in the case of a divyang child, the CEA shall be payable at double the normal rates of CEA prescribed at Rs 4,500 per month.
On how the CEA will be revised after the DA hike the DoPT clarifies, “The CEA ceiling would be automatically raised by 25 per cent every time the Dearness Allowance (DA) on the revised pay structure goes up by 50 per cent.” However, in the case of both spouses are government servants, only one of them will be eligible for the CEA claim.
For claiming CEA, the upper age limit of the child is 20 years or till the time of passing 12th class, whichever is earlier. But, in the case of a divyang child, the upper age limit is 22 years. There shall be no minimum age applied for claiming the CEA.