This allowance is provided across ministries, to the teaching, non-teaching, public health sub-cadres and GDMOs having PG qualification, with a view to encourage academic and research pursuit. The existing rate is ₹1,500 pm for medical officers having PG qualification and ₹900 pm for medical officers not having PG qualification. There are demands for threefold increase in the amount of the allowance.
Analysis and Recommendations
Since the allowance is already partially indexed to DA, it is recommended that the amount should be increased by 50 percent. The amount will further rise by 25 percent each time DA rises by 50 percent. The allowance should be extended to medical officers who are dentists and veterinarians