No age bar for claiming children edu expenses

Centre has removed the minimum age bar of five years for claiming educational allowance and hostel subsidy for their children.

Last Updated: Feb 26, 2012, 09:35 AM IST

New Delhi: Extending benefits to lakhs of
its employees, the Centre has removed the minimum age bar of
five years for claiming educational allowance and hostel
subsidy for their children.

Besides, central government employees will get
reimbursement for development fee against tuition charges paid
by them to schools.

The decision came after the government received a number
of representations from its employees in this regard.

The matter was further discussed and duly examined by the Ministry
of Finance.

"The Finance Ministry has given its nod and a circular in
this regard has been issued to all departments," an official
of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.

In the missive, DoPT said that minimum age of five years
mentioned for children pursuing education "stands removed".

"Henceforth, there will be no minimum age for any child
for claiming reimbursement of children allowance/hostel
subsidy," it said.

The DoPT also directed that "development fee/parents`
contribution charged by the school/institution in lieu of
tuition fee shall be reimbursed. The government servant will
have to certify to the effect that tuition fee has not been
charged by the school/institution".

It, however, clarified that reimbursement of school bags,
pens/pencils, etc may not be allowed.

PTI