Under 7th Pay Commission, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has announced a hike of child healthcare allowance for women employees with disabilities.
The monthly allowance provided by Government to women employees as child healthcare allowance has been doubled for women with disabilities. Currently, monthly allowance of Rs 1500 is given to disabled women employees to take care of their newborn child. But now on after implementation of 7th Pay Commission, the allowance will be doubled and hiked to Rs 3000 each month from the time of birth till the child is two years old. Also, the allowance will be paid for a maximum of two eldest children.
Talking about the term ‘disability’ – as per DoPT, it means a person having a minimum Disability of 40% as elaborated in Ministry of Welfare’s Notification No. 16-18/97-NLI dated 1.6.2001 and amended from time to time. This decision was made in accordance to the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission which said that as these women have a responsibility of raising their children, therefore, “instead of the factor of 1.5 that we have mostly used for semi-DA indexed allowances, a factor of 2 to Rs 3,000 per month should be fixed.”
The government has also issued an official order stating that the constant attendant allowance for the retired government employees has increased from the existing Rs 4,500 to Rs 6,750 per month. The DoPT has also issued orders for the reimbursement of children education allowance, which will be Rs2,250 per month. And in the case where both the spouses are government servants, only one of them can avail reimbursement under children education allowance.