CEA, CCL, SCL – Views of Indian Audit & Accounts Department
Child Care Leave (CCL):- The 7th CPC has proposed that CCL should be granted at 100 percent of the salary for first 365 days, but at 80 percent of the salary for the next 365 days. However, CCL has been extended to single parent also.
It is proposed that the CCL be paid at 100 percent of salary for the entire period.
Children Education Allowance (CEA): The Commission has recommended CEA @Rs.2250/- per month and Hostel Subsidy @Rs.6750/- per month.
Keeping in view the steep rise in tuition fees, cost of stationery, Books, Uniform etc. the CEA and Hostel Subsidy may be increased @ Rs.3000/- and @ Rs.8000/- per month respectively.
Special Casual Leave (SCL): SCL is granted to employees to cover their absence from duty for various occasions like sports events, cultural activities, participation in Republic Day Parade, voluntary blood donation, Trade Union meetings, etc. Full pay is granted during SCL and it can be sanctioned with retrospective effect also.
The Pay Commission has expressed its concern at the widespread use of SCL as a means of getting away from duty. However, because of the extensive scope and case specific nature of this leave, no concrete recommendations have been made.
It has suggested that the government may, however, consider the following:
(a) Review the purposes for which SCL is presently granted.
(b) Limit the number of purposes for which an employee can be granted SCL in a year.
(c) Limit the total number of days that an employee can be granted SCL in a year.
Since SCL is granted to employees to cover their absence from duty for various occasions like sports events, cultural activities, participation in Republic Day Parade, voluntary blood donation, Trade Union meetings/ casting votes in their constituency, it may be continued to be granted as per existing practice.
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