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DoPT: Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 – Relaxation to travel by air to visit North East Region, Jammu & Kashmir and Andaman & Nicobar – extension beyond 25.09.2018.

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DoPT: Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession – LTC) Rules, 1988 – Relaxation to travel by air to visit North East Region, Jammu & Kashmir and Andaman & Nicobar – extension beyond 25.09.2018.

No.31011/3/2018-Estt.(A-IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment A-IV Desk

North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: September 20, 2018

Office Memorandum

Subject:- Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession – LTC) Rules, 1988 – Relaxation to travel by air to visit North East Region, Jammu & Kashmir and Andaman & Nicobar – extension beyond 25.09.2018.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. No.31011/3/2014 – Estt.A-IV dated 19.09.2016 on the subject noted above and to say that in relaxation to CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988, the scheme allowing Government servants to travel by air to North East Region (NER), Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Andaman & Nicobar Islands (A&N) is extended for a further period of two years, w.e.f. 26th September, 2018 till 25th September, 2020 as under:

(i) LTC for visiting NER, J&K and A&N in lieu of a Home Town LTC.

(ii) Facility of air journey to non-entitled Government servants for visiting NER, J&K and A&N.

(iii) Permission to undertake journey to J&K, NER and A&N by private airlines.

2. The above special dispensation is subject to the following terms & conditions:

(i) All eligible Government servants may avail LTC to visit any place in NER / A&N/ J&K against the conversion of their one Home Town LTC in a four year block.

(ii) Government servants, whose Home Town and Headquarters/place of posting is the same, are not allowed the conversion .

(iii) Fresh Recruits are allowed conversion of one of the three Home Town LTCs in a block of four years, applicable to them.

(iv) Government servants entitled to travel by air may avail this concession from their Headquarters in their entitled class of air by any airlines subject to the maximum fare limit of LTC-80.

(v) Government servants not entitled to travel by air are allowed to travel by air in Economy class by any airlines subject to the maximum fare limit of LTC-80 in the following sectors:

(a) Between Kolkata/Guwahati and any place in NER.

(b) Between Kolkata/ChennaiNisakhapatnam and Port Blair.

(c) Between Delhi/Amritsar and any place in J&K.

Journey for these non-ntitled employees from their Headquarters up to Kolkata/ Guwahati/ Chennai/ Visakhapatnam/ Delhi/ Amritsar shall be undertaken as per their entitlement.

(vi) Air travel by Government employees to NER, J&K and A&N as mentioned in para

(iv) and (v) above is allowed whether they avail the concession against Anywhere in India LTC or in lieu of the Home Town LTC as permitted.

(vii) Air Tickets are to be purchased directly from the airlines (Booking counters, website of airlines) or by utilizing the service of Authorized Travel Agents viz. ‘M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company’, ‘M/s Ashok Travels & Tours’ and ‘IRCTC‘ [to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DoPT’s O.M. No. 31011/6/2002- Estt.(A) dated 02.12.2009] while undertaking LTC journey . Booking of tickets through other agencies is not permitted and no request for relaxation of rules for booking the tickets through such agencies shall be considered by this Department.

3. Efforts should be made by the Government servants to book air tickets at the cheapest fare possible. All the Ministries/ Departments are advised to bring it to the notice of all their employees that any misuse of LTC will be viewed seriously and the employees will be liable for appropriate action under the rules. In order to keep a check on any kind of misuse of LTC, Ministries/ Departments are advised to randomly get some of the air tickets submitted by the officials verified from the airlines concerned with regard to the actual cost of air travel vis-a-vis the cost indicated on the air tickets submitted by the officials .

4. In so far as the employees of Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, this order issues after consultation with Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

sd/-
(Surya Narayan Jha)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source: dopt.gov.in

 

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Scheme of optional All India Leave Travel Concession (AILTC) facility, once in a block of four years (i.e. 2018-2021 onwards) on surrender of Privilege Passes (PP)

Scheme of optional ‘All India Leave Travel Concession’ (AILTC) facility, once in a block of four years (i.e. 2018-2021 onwards) on surrender of Privilege Passes (PP).

RBE No. 130/2018

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.E(W)2017/PS5-1/3

New Delhi, dated 10.09.2018

The General Managers (P)
All Zonal Railways &
Production Units.

Sub: Scheme of optional ‘All India Leave Travel Concession’ (AILTC) facility, once in a block of four years (i.e. 2018-2021 onwards) on surrender of Privilege Passes (PP).

Ref: Department of Personnel & Training (DoP&T)’s OM No.31011/15/2017- Estt.A-IV dated 27.03.2018.

Pursuant to recommendations of Seventh CPC, DoP&T have communicated Government’s decision, vide their OM referred above, to allow the Railway employees to avail AILTC facility in accordance with the ‘Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988′ i.e. CCS (LTC) Rules.

2. Accordingly, in exercise of powers conferred vide Rule 1(3)(iii) of Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986 (Second Edition-1993), the Competent Authority in the Ministry of Railways has accorded approval to exclude such railway servants and other eligible persons (i.e. eligible for PP) from the facility of Privilege Passes in that particular calendar year in which they opt for AILTC facility. Applicants may avail AILTC facility subject to conditions stipulated in para 2 of the referred OM dated 27.03.2018 (copy enclosed as Annexure-I). This facility is further subject to procedural guidelines/conditions stipulated hereunder.

3. These orders shall be applicable to (i) Railway Servants entitled to PPs; (ii) Other government department’s officials serving in railways on deputation and entitled to PPs; (iii) Other officials serving in railways and entitled to PPs; and (iv) Officials of Audit Department (Railway) entitled to PPs. The Competent Authorities concerned shall modify terms and condition of such officials as required and necessary. These orders would not be applicable to those who are undergoing minor penalty of stoppage of even a single PP at the time of application for availing AILTC.

4. Those officials, who opt for AILTC facility, would be issued a “Privilege Pass Surrender Certificate” (PPSC) i.e. a pre-requisite for availing AILTC facility. The “Pass Issuing Authority” (PIA) shall issue the PPSC as per format at Annexure-II, duly following the procedure stipulated as under:-

(i) Applicant employee will submit an application (format at Annexure-III) to the concerned PIA for issue of a PPSC.

(ii) Thereafter, the PIA will first check the “Privilege Pass Account” (PPA) of the ‘ applicant to verify whether the applicant has already availed any PP or not in that particular calendar year.

(iii) If applicant has already availed a PP in that particular calendar year, then the application for issue of PPSC would be rejected and the applicant should be intimated accordingly, as per format at Annexure-IV.

(iv) If applicant has not availed any PP in that particular calendar year, the PIA concerned will disallow operation of PPA by blocking it with an entry (PPSC issued on date …./…/…… /) in PPA so that the applicant is barred from drawing any PP, even inadvertently, during that particular calendar year in which AILTC facility has been opted.

(v) If both husband and wife are entitled to PPs, both have to surrender their respective entitled PPs that are admissible to them in the calendar year in which either of them opt for AILTC facility. In this scenario, PIA will issue a single composite PPSC duly completing Part-II of the PPSC. The following procedure will be followed, additionally, in such cases:-

(a) If PPAs of both the spouses are maintained by same PIA at the time of applying for AILTC facility, then the composite PPSC will be issued by the PIA after receipt of a joint application from both of them.

(b) If PIAs of both the spouses are different (due to any reason or on account of their working in separate Railways/Divisions/Units, etc.), the PPSC shall be issued by the PIA concerned of the applicant only after receipt of a “Confirmation Note in lieu of PPSC”(CN) to be issued (by other PIA as per format in Annexure-V) in favour of spouse of the main applicant. The spouse will apply for CN as per format at Annexure-VI.

(vi) In case of a deputationist (i.e. Railway servant serving on deputation etc in any other organization) and eligible for PPs as per statutory rules, the PIA concerned will issue PPSC as per aforementioned procedure.

(vii) The PIA will issue PPSC/CN or intimate about rejection/non-acceptance of the request, as the case may be, within ten working days of receipt of application.

(viii) After issue of PPSC/CN, request for its cancellation and re-opening of PPA will not be entertained on any ground, even if AILTC facility could not be availed due to whatsoever reason i.e. whether administrative or personal reasons.

(ix) The role of PIAs will cease once “PPSC” is issued to the applicant. Matters such as advance/reimbursement/travel entitlements during availing of AILTC shall be dealt by other respective Sections of Personnel/Accounts Department handling Travelling Allowance claims, taking into account PPSC as a basic document alongwith other documents stipulated in the CCS (LTC) Rules.

(x) A duplicate PPSC/CN can only be issued under special circumstances by the PIA concerned after taking approval of the Principal CPO.

5. The Railways should administer the AILTC facility strictly in accordance with the CCS (LTC) Rules-1988, as modified from time to time, without any deviation. It may be noted that ‘Home Town LTC/Home Town converted LTC” shall not be admissible to railway servants and the definitions of beneficiaries for LTC (e.g. members of family, dependents), dependency criteria, etc are different from that of Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986. A copy of DoP&T’s letter No.31011/7/2013-Estt.(A)-IV dated 26.09.2014, containing clarifications and illustrations on administering LTC entitlements of “Fresh Recruits” is enclosed as Annexure-VII. Accordingly, the AILTC facility shall be regulated fully by the conditions and definitions as laid down in the CCS (LTC) Rules.

6. Regarding travel entitlements for availing of AILTC facility, copies of following OMs, as applicable on date, are enclosed:-

Issued by Details Annexure No.
Ministry Of Finance OM No.19030/1/2017-E.IV dated 13.07.2017 Annexure – VIII
DoP&T OM No.31011/8/2017-Estt.A-IV dt.19.09.2017 Annexure-IX
DoP&T OM No.31011/8/2017-Estt.A-IV dt.18.01.2018 Annexure-X

It may be noted that DoP&T have stipulated vide their OM dated 19.09.2017 that (i) the travel entitlements for the purpose of LTC shall be the same as TA entitlements as notified vide MoF’s OM dated 13.07.2017, excepting the air travel entitlement for the employees in Level 6 to 8 of the Pay Matrix (para 3) and (ii) the other conditions that would govern the LTC facility (para 4). Hence, the same entitlement prevailing in civil side (i.e. not as per railway entitlement) will be applicable for availing  AILTC facility.

7. To summarize, the position, as contained in above OMs, with certain modifications, is briefly brought out in the table below:-

Pay Level in Pay Matrix Travel/LTC entitlement for AILTC
Level 1 to 5 Travel entitlement/Class of travel, etc in various modes of transports shall be as per Ministry of Finance’s OM No. 19030/1/2017-E.IV dated 13.07.2017 subject to other conditions stipulated in DoP&T’s OM No. 31011/8/2017-Estt- A-IV dated 19.09.2017.
Level 6 to 8 Air travel entitlement stipulated in Ministry of Finance’s OM No. 19030/1/2017-E.IV dated 13.07.2017 is not admissible for LTC. However, all other entitlements shall be as per aforementioned MoF’ OM dated 13.07.2017 and subject to other conditions stipulated in aforementioned DoP&T’s OM dated 19.09.2017.
Level 9 to 13 and NFSAG officers Travel entitlement/Class of travel, etc in various modes of transports shall be as per Ministry of Finance’s OM No. officers 19030/1/2017-E.IV dated 13.07.2017 subject to other conditions stipulated in DoP&T’s OM No. 31011/8/2017-Estt- A-TV dated 19.09.2017.
Level 14 & above (excluding NFSAG Officers) Travel entitlement/Class of travel, etc in various modes of transports shall be as per Ministry of Finance’s OM No.19030/1/2017-E.IV dated 13.07.2017 subject to other conditions stipulated in DoP&T’s OM No. 31011/8/2017-Estt.A-IV dated 19.09.2017 and also as clarified vide DoP&T’s OM No.31011/8/2017-Estt.A-IV dated 18.01.2018.

8. The Zonal Railways and PUs are advised to get themselves familiarized with the extant CCS (LTC) Rules as well as clarifications available in the official website of DoP&T (i.e. presently (i) https://dopt.gov.in/ccs-ltc-rules and (i) https://dopt.gov.in/ notifications/oms-and-orders/ © Establishment o LTC Rules). It may also be noted that OMs/Notifications related to CCS (LTC) Rules issued and uploaded from time to time by DoP&T in their official website will come into force with immediate effect for regulation of AILTC facility as being extended by this order. Hence, these orders/instructions will not be circulated separately by the Ministry of Railways. Accordingly, the Railways and PUs should regularly visit the official website of DoP&T and download the latest instructions from time to time for settling claims of LTC etc and for compliance.

9. However, if any clarification in respect of TA Rules notified by Ministry of Finance is required, the same may be addressed to the Nodal Dte. in Board’s office viz. Finance Establishment Dte. for further examination and issue of appropriate clarification/reply.

10.This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways.

11. Hindi version will follow.

(V. Muralidharan)

Dy. Director Estt. (Welfare)-I

Railway Board

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LTC facilities to the Civilian employees of the Central Government serving in States of the North-Eastern Region, Ladakh region of State of Jammu & Kashmir and in Union Territories of Andaman & Nicobar Island and Lakshadweep Group of Islands – Implementation of recommendations of 7th CPC

7th CPC LTC: Employees Serving in NER and J&K

7th Pay Commission – LTC facilities to the Civilian employees of the Central Government serving in States of the North-Eastern Region, Ladakh region of State of Jammu & Kashmir and in Union Territories of Andaman & Nicobar Island and Lakshadweep Group of Islands

Ministry of Defence issued orders on 23.5.2018 regarding the above subject and the reference order attached below…

F.No.31011/12/2015-Estt.A-IV
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment A-IV Desk

North Block New Delhi.
Dated April 24, 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: LTC facilities to the Civilian employees of the Central Government serving in States of the North-Eastern Region, Ladakh region of State of Jammu & Kashmir and in Union Territories of Andaman & Nicobar Island and Lakshadweep Group of Islands – Implementation of recommendations of 7th CPC.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Department of Expenditure’s O.M. No. 11(2)/97-E.II(B) dated 22nd July, 1998, regarding Allowance & Special Facilities for civilian employees of the Central Government serving in States and Union Territories of the North-Eastern Region and in the Andaman & Nicobar Island and Lakshadweep Group of Islands.

2. The aforesaid O.M. provided the option of availing every year Home Town LTC (for self and family) to a Government servant serving in North-Eastern Region, Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep groups of Islands who leaves his family behind at the old headquarters or another selected place of residence, and who has not availed of transfer travelling allowance for family. In addition, two additional passages under “Emergency Passage Concession” is also provided to the employees posted in these regions to enable them and/or their families [spouse and two dependent children] to travel either to the Home Town or the station of posting in an emergency.

3. The Seventh Pay Commission has recommended that splitting of hometown LTC should bellowed in case of employees posted in North East, Ladakh and Island territories of Andaman, Nicobar and Lakshadweep. This will enable these employees and their families to meet more often.

4. Consequent upon acceptance of recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission, it has been decided that a civilian Central Government servant serving in North-Eastern Region, Ladakh region of State of Jammu & Kashmir, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep groups of Islands, who leaves his family behind at the old headquarters or another selected place of residence and has not availed of transfer travelling allowance for family, shall be provided with the following options for the purpose of LTC:

(i) The Government servant may avail LTC for journey to the Home Town once in a block period of two years and/or one ‘Anywhere in India’ LTC in a block of four years under the normal LTC rules.

Or

(ii) In lieu thereof, the Government servant may avail the facility for himself/herself to travel once a year from the station of posting to the Home Town or the place where the family is residing and for the family [restricted only to the spouse and dependent children as per the ‘family’ definition of CCS(LTC), Rules, 1988] to travel once a year to visit the Government servant at the station of posting.

5. In addition, Central Government employees and their families posted in these territories shall be entitled to avail of the Leave Travel Concession, in emergencies, on two additional occasions during their entire service career. This shall be termed as “Emergency Passage Concession” and is intended to enable the Central Government employees and/or their families [restricted only to spouse and dependent children] to travel either to the Home Town or the station of posting in an emergency. The two additional passages under the Emergency Passage Concession shall be availed by the entitled mode and class of travel as admissible under the normal Leave Travel Concession Rules.

6. This O.M. will take effect from July 1, 2017.

7. Hindi version will follow.

sd/-
(Sanjiv Kumar)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source: www.mod.gov.in

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Leave travel concession (LTC) for railway employees & CCS (LTC) rules

LEAVE TRAVEL CONCESSION (LTC) FOR RAILWAY EMPLOYEES & CCS (LTC) RULES – A BRIEF

Compiled by K.V.Ramesh Sr.JGS/IRTSA

1. Railway employees are allowed to avail LTC as per DoPT OM dated 27th March 2018

2. Railway employees continue to be governed fully by the Railway Servants (Pass) Rules.

3. “All India LTC” once in a block of four years.

4. “All India LTC” will be purely optional for the railway employees.

5. After availing “All India LTC” in a year, it will not be mandatory for the railway employee to opt for “All India LTC” in the next or subsequent block years.

6. No “Home Town LTC” will be admissible.

7. Railway employees will surrender the Privilege Passes admissible to them in the calendar year in which they intend to avail the LTC facility.

8. They would continue to be eligible for Privilege Ticket Orders and other kinds of passes viz., Duty Pass, School Pass, Special Passes on Medical grounds, etc., as admissible under the Pass rules.

9. If both spouses are Railway employees then both will surrender privilege passes.

10. Beneficiaries will be members of family, dependents, etc as per conditions as laid down in the CCS (LTC) rules will be applicable for availing “All India LTC”.

Brief on orders issued by DoPT/MOF on LTC :

11. Family for the purpose of LTC – Government employee, spouse, two unmarried dependent children, divorced/widowed daughter, dependent parents residing with employee, dependent unmarried minor brother & sister and dependent divorced/widowed sister residing with employee.

12. Government servant and each member of his family may visit different places of their choice during the block of four years.

13. Employee should have completed one year continuous service on the date of journey.

14. Travel entitlements of Government servants for the purpose of LTC shall be the same as TA entitlements as notified vide Ministry of Finance’s O.M. dated 13.07.2017, except the air travel entitlement for Level 6 to Level 8 of the Pay Matrix, which is allowed in respect of TA only and not for LTC. ie Only AC 2 tier by train for pay level 6 to level 8.

15. No daily allowance shall be admissible for travel on LTC.

16. LTC shall be admissible in respect of journeys performed in vehicles operated by the Government or any Corporation in the public sector run by the Central or State Government or a local body.

17. For places not connected by any Government means of transport, reimbursement shall be allowed as per entitlement for journey on transfer for a maximum limit of 100 Kms covered by the private/personal transport based on a self-certification.

18. Employees not entitled to travel by air may travel by any airline. However, reimbursement in such cases shall be restricted to the fare of their entitled class of train, transport or actual expense, whichever is less,”

19. Reimbursement under LTC scheme does not cover incidental expenses and expenditure incurred on local journeys.

20. Travel by Premium trains/Premium Tatkal trains/Suvidha trains is allowed on LTC. Further, reimbursement of tatkal charges or premium tatkal charges shall also be admissible for the purpose of LTC.

21. Flexi fare (dynamic fare) applicable in Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto trains shall be admissible for the journey(s) performed by these trains on LTC. This dynamic fare component shall not be admissible in cases where a nonentitled Government servant travels by air and claims reimbursement for the entitled class of Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto trains.

22. Catering charges charged by the Indian Railways included in the rail fare for Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto trains, shall be reimbursable in full as per the entitlement/eligibility.

23. For children aged between 5 yrs and under 12 yrs, the actual rail fare shall be reimbursed for LTC, as per the choice of rail tickets (half or full) purchased by the Government servant.

24. The time-limit for drawal of LTC advance is 125 days in case of journey by train. It will be mandatory for the Government servant to produce the outward journey tickets to the Competent Authority within ten days of drawal of advance.

25. Travel by air to North East Region (NER), Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Andaman & Nicobar Islands (A&N) is extended for two years, w.e.f. 26th September, 2016 subject to the following conditions:

(a) Travel by air to continue to be performed by Air India in Economy class at LTC-80 fare or less.

(b) For journey by air to Jammu & Kashmir, travel by any airline is allowed, @ fare less than or equal to LTC-80 fare of Air India.

(c) Air tickets can be purchased either directly from the airlines (booking counters/website) or through authorized agents only viz., ‘M/s Balmer Lawrie and Co. Ltd.’, ‘M/s Ashok Travels and Tours Ltd.’ and ‘IRCTC’.

(d) Gazetted officers can use the air travel form their place of work.

(e) Government servants not entitled to travel by air are permitted to travel by air in Economy class in the following sectors:

i) Between Kolkata/ Guwahati and any place in NER,

ii) Between Kolkata/ Chennai/ Bhubaneswar and Port Blair and

iii) Between Delhi / Amritsar and any place in J&K

(f) Journey for these non-entitled employees from their Headquarters up to Kolkata/ Guwahati/ Chennai/ Bhubaneswar / Delhi / Amritsar will have to be undertaken as per their entitlement.

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Guidelines on Air Travel on Government Expenses – Purchase of Tickets from Authorised Agent

Guidelines on Air Travel on Government Expenses – Purchase of Tickets from Authorised Agent: MHA OM

No.19011/01/2015-Fin.II(Pt.)
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
North Block, New Delhi,

Dated November 03, 2017

OFFICE-MEMORANDUM

Sub: Guidelines on Air Travel on Government Expenses – Purchase of Tickets from Authorised Agent- reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to GoI 14 below SR 48-8 wherein provision has been made that in all cases of air travel, where Govt. of India bears the cost of air passage, the officials have to travel only by Air India. Further, GoI 16 below the rule stipulates for purchase of air ticket directly from Airlines (Booking Counter or website of Airlines) or by utilizing the services of the authorised agents viz. M/s. Balmer Lawrie Co., M/s Ashoka Travels & Tours and IRCTC. Department of Expenditure, M/o. Finance time and again also stressed the need of travel only by Air India and purchase of air tickets from permissible source. Recent in this row is their OM No. 19024/22/2017E-IV dated 18th July, 2017 (copy enclosed for ready reference).

2. Despite this MHA is frequently in receipt of proposals for relaxation of above rules citing reason of ignorance/unawareness of these guidelines. Department of Expenditure has clarified to MHA that henceforth relaxation on account of ignorance/unawareness of the guidelines would not be considered by them in future.

View: 7th CPC Travel Entitlement on Leave Travel Concession w.e.f. 1st July, 2017: DoPT OM 19.09.2017

3. It is, accordingly, stressed upon all the offices/Division under the ambit of Integrated Finance Division of MHA to scrupulously follow the guidelines relating to air travel.

Encl.: A/a.

(Kumar Manoj Kashyap)
Under Secretary & FA (Fin-II)

Source: www.mha.gov.in

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Acceptance of the recommendations of the Committee on Allowances-7th CPC reg

Acceptance of the recommendations of the Committee on Allowances-7th CPC reg

No. 11022/1/2017-MS-II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, dated the 25.07. 2017

To,
The Chief Secretaries of
All States/ Union Territories.

Subject: Acceptance of the recommendations of the Committee on Allowances-7th CPC reg.

Sir,
I am directed to enclose herewith a copy of the Department of Expenditure resolution No. 11-1/2016-IC, dated 6th July 2017 regarding on the above mentioned subject and to say that allowances as accepted by the Government related to House Rent Allowance, Leave Travel Concession and Child Education Allowance will also be applicable to the All India Services officers.

End: As above.

Yours faithfully,
(Rajesh Kumar Yadav)
Under Secretary to Government of India
Tel. 23094714


More info  @ DoPT

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LTC Travel by Air India

LTC Travel by Air India

As per instant instructions, the Leave Travel Concession (LTC) is applicable for travel by Air India and in Economy class only. However, relaxation has been given to travel by private airlines to visit Jammu & Kashmir with certain conditions.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to question by Shri Sharad Tripathi in the Lok Sabha today.

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Air India LTC 80 Fare as on March 2017 for Central Government Employees

Air India LTC 80 Fare as on March 2017 for Central Government Employees

Travel by Air while availing LTC – Air India LTC 80 Fare as on March 2017 – Central Government Employees travelling on LTC will have to purchase only Air India Tickets under LTC 80 Fare

Air-Travel-LTC

Instructions issued by Govt from time to time envisages that Central Government Employees will have to travel only by Air India by purchasing LTC 80 tickets, when they avail Air under Leave Travel concession.

Govt has also issued instructions regarding eligibility for reimbursement of Private Air tickets fare other than Air India LTC 80 Tickets, in certain circumstances such as non-availablity of Air India flights, tickets etc.

The Latest Air India LTC 80 Fare with effect from March 2017 along with Air India’s conditions for booking air tickets under LTC concession.

LTC Concession
Eligibility: Air India offers LTC in Economy and Business class Indians and their family members traveling on leave.For the purpose of concession, the family includes Spouse, dependent children 12Yrs and above and dependent Parents. They must be employed in the following institutions where leave facility is available:- Central & State Government.

– Public Sector Organizations.

– Educational Institute recognized / aided by Central / State Governments and / or officiated to any of the Universities / Education Boards.

Required Documents: Official ID card. Family members to carry the copy of the same.
Discount: Specific HLTC fare in Economy and DLTC in Business class.
Travel: Any sector within India.
Ticket Validity: 1 Year from date of issue
Advance Purchase: Not required. Ticket can be purchased any time
Children: Normal discount on the class of travel. No additional discount applies.
Infant: (Under 2 years) 1st accompanying Infant – Rs.1000 per coupon, Plus applicable taxes. 2nd and more Infants, no discount permissible.
Date/Flight change, Cancellation & Refund: Permitted – Fee applies

TABLE – IV : LTC Fares

SECTOR & V.V HLTC (Economy Class) DLTC (Executive Class)
Base Fare Base Fare
Agartala Kolkata 5741 12601
Agatti Bengaluru 10141
Agatti Kochi 10421
Agra Delhi 7531 18476
Agra Khajuraho 5741 11001
Agra Varanasi 6796 15872
Ahmedabad Chennai 10376 33856
Ahmedabad Delhi 8150 22628
Ahmedabad Hyderabad 9226 25124
Ahmedabad Mumbai 6201 18792
Aizawl Imphal 6316 11800
Aizawl Kolkata 6476 13853
Allahabad Delhi 8391
Allahabad Kanpur 7531
Allahabad Mumbai 12351
Amritsar Delhi 6216 18680
Amritsar Mumbai 13461 35400
Amritsar Nanded 13461 35400
Aurangabad Delhi 10951 27552
Aurangabad Mumbai 6301 17880
Bagdogra Delhi 12666 27400
Bagdogra Kolkata 7286 17840
Bhatinda Delhi 6901
Bengaluru Chennai 6551 13396
Bengaluru Delhi 13551 39956
Bengaluru Goa 7001 20056
Bengaluru Hubli 6671
Bengaluru Hyderabad 7301 21556
Bengaluru Kochi 6351 14032
Bengaluru Kolkata 13351 37072
Bengaluru Mangalore 6786
Bengaluru Mumbai 9001 21644
Bengaluru Mysore 6351
Bengaluru Pune 8034 21368
Bengaluru Tirupati 7071
Bengaluru Trivandrum 7301 16948
Bengaluru Vijayawada 7101
Bhavnagar Mumbai 6786
Bhopal Delhi 6651 22200
Bhopal Hyderabad 7900
Bhopal Indore 6131 12732
Bhopal Jabalpur 6901
Bhopal Mumbai 7206 23880
Bhopal Pune 7101
Bhopal Raipur 7180
Bhubaneshwar Delhi 11951 32813
Bhubaneshwar Mumbai 12351 35108
Bhubaneshwar Port Blair 14166
Bhubaneshwar Varanasi 8550 23880
Bhuj Mumbai 8391
Chandigarh Delhi 6151 18508
Chandigarh Jammu 6901
Chandigarh Leh 6551 14032
Chandigarh Mumbai 11786 35400
Chandigarh Pune 11786 35400
Chennai Coimbatore 7171 17120
Chennai Delhi 12106 39724
Chennai Goa 8161 21052
Chennai Hyderabad 6301 18328
Chennai Kochi 7101 19312
Chennai Kolkata 11516 36144
Chennai Madurai 6101 17012
Chennai Mumbai 11521 27680
Chennai Portblair 12361 33312
Chennai Pune 10001 26752
Chennai Trivandrum 7451 19320
Coimbatore Delhi 13401 41624
Coimbatore Mumbai 10951 27480
Dehradun Delhi 7071 17400
Dehli Dharamsala 6671
Dehli Durgapur 12011 33672
Delhi Gaya 9001 23524
Delhi Goa 12471 33260
Delhi Gorakhpur 7206
Delhi Guwahati 13461 33904
Delhi Gwalior 6901 12614
Delhi Hyderabad 11351 33960
Delhi Imphal 12731 38000
Delhi Indore 6701 20668
Delhi Jabalpur 8251
Delhi Jaipur 5401 17880
Delhi Jammu 6251 18836
Delhi Jodhpur 7556 18940
Delhi Kanpur 7171
Delhi Khajuraho 7501 19836
Delhi Kochi 16001 44668
Delhi Kolkata 12011 34600
Delhi Kozhikode 13701 40024
Delhi Kullu 8151
Delhi Leh 7351 19872
Delhi Lucknow 6671 18680
Delhi Mangalore 13551 39956
Delhi Mumbai 11901 31360
Delhi Nagpur 9321 22718
Delhi Pantnagar 6151
Delhi Patna 9301 23120
Delhi Port Blair 25166 44668
Delhi Pune 12351 36872
Delhi Raipur 10001 27952
Delhi Rajkot 11251
Delhi Ranchi 11761 27480
Delhi Srinagar 8051 22364
Delhi Surat 11251 26536
Delhi Tirupati 12666 38000
Delhi Trivandrum 15806 44668
Delhi Udaipur 7636 22680
Delhi Vadodra 9201 25476
Delhi Varanasi 7531 22600
Delhi Vijayawada 11516 33874
Delhi Vishakhapatnam 13351 35876
Dibrugarh Dimapur 5101 11276
Dibrugarh Kolkata 9551 18312
Dimapur Kolkata 7951 16827
Diu Mumbai 6901
Durgapur Kolkata 6253 17880
Gaya Kolkata 6351 14550
Gaya Varanasi 6701 12110
Goa Hyderabad 7101 19880
Goa Kochi 6851 19123
Goa Mumbai 7171 17120
Goa Pune 6386 17880
Guwahati Imphal 6751 17880
Guwahati Kolkata 6926 18280
Guwahati Lilabari 7001
Guwahati Silchar 7101
Guwahati Tezpur 5951
Gwalior Mumbai 10551 23946
Hubli Mumbai 6671
Hyderabad Jabalpur 7900
Hyderabad Kolkata 12646 33340
Hyderabad Mumbai 7101 19696
Hyderabad Pune 7081 18912
Hyderabad Tirupati 6506 17880
Hyderabad Varanasi 11761 27456
Hyderabad Vijayawada 6901 17880
Hyderabad Vishakhapatnam 6796 17880
Imphal Kolkata 6131 14480
Indore Mumbai 6331 17128
Jaipur Mumbai 10001 24316
Jaipur Jodhpur 7031 16280
Jammu Leh 6736 17880
Jammu Srinagar 6253 17880
Jamnagar Mumbai 7031 16280
Jodhpur Mumbai 9836 24180
Khajuraho Varanasi 6786 19480
Kochi Mumbai 11351 28068
Kochi Trivandrum 6151 10804
Kolkata Lilabari 9950
Kolkata Mumbai 12136 38000
Kolkata Port Blair 14021 33708
Kolkata Ranchi 6386
Kolkata Shillong 7331
Kolkata Silchar 6851 14228
Kolkata Tezpur 7001
Kozhikode Mumbai 11250 29536
Leh Srinagar 6453 17880
Lucknow Mumbai 11001 33340
Madurai Mumbai 10801 30284
Mangalore Mumbai 7936 20552
Mumbai Nagpur 6851 19892
Mumbai Raipur 11650 26396
Mumbai Rajkot 7131 17880
Mumbai Ranchi 12701 34160
Mumbai Surat 6151
Mumbai Trivandrum 13151 30552
Mumbai Udaipur 6636 22280
Mumbai Varanasi 12646 31221
Mumbai Vishakhapatnam 12051 30016
Port Blair Vishakhapatnam 12646 29621
Pune Raipur 9301
Raipur Nagpur 7031 16280
Raipur Vishakhapatnam 6101 15999
Silchar Tezpur 5951
Vijayawada Vishakhapatnam 6901

Source: Download Latest Air India LTC 80 Ticket Fare with effect from March 2017 released by Air India

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Grant of one time relaxation to the Central Government Employees who have availed LTC-80 and travelled by air by purchasing Ticket from other than authorized agents

Grant of one time relaxation to the Central Government Employees who have availed LTC-80 and travelled by air by purchasing Ticket from other than authorized agents

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

Ph: 23382286
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultations Mechinery
For Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E-mail :nc.jcm.np@gmail.com

No.NC-JCM-2017/

The Secretary,
Government of India,
Department of Personnel & Training,
North Block,
New Delhi

February 9, 2017

Sub: Grant of one time relaxation to the Central Government Employees who have availed LTC-80 and travelled by air by purchasing Ticket from other than authorized agents.

Ref:- Decision taken in the New Agenda No.III of the Standing Committee meeting of the National Council (JCM) held on 25.10.2016

Dear Sir,
In the Standing Committee meeting of the National Council (JCM) held under your chairmanship on 25.10.2016 the Staff Side informed that many non entitled Central government Employees had availed themselves the benefit of LTC-80 and purchased ticket from unauthorized agents, unaware of the rule position. Subsequently audit had returned the LTC final claims without sanctioning them and advised the administrative divisions of the Ministries concerned to recover the entire LTC advance from their salary. The staff Side also informed that Ministry of Defence, with the approval of Hon’ble Defence Minister had forwarded a proposal the DOPT seeking one time relaxation in such cases. The Secretary (P) informed in the meeting that the entire issue is under consideration of the DOPT.

To our shock and surprise the Ministry of Defence vide their ID Note dated 3.2.2017 has issue a letter to the lower formations (copy enclosed) stating that the DOPT has not agreed for granting bulk relaxation to thousands of Group B and Group C Defence Civilian Employees. Further DOPT has advised Ministry of Defence that the proposal for granting relaxation for booking of tickets through private travel agents may be scrutinized individually and has given certain guidelines which is practically difficult to adopt at this stage, since many such employees are due to retire from service shortly. It will be difficult for the administration to cross verify all those claims since the number of affected employees are more than 5000. In this situation we suggest the following for your kind consideration.

“In the case of those employees who have purchase air tickets from other than authorized agents and have actually travelled and submitted the tickets along with boarding pass, in such cases the administration may find out the actual LTC-80 fare from the concerned Airlines on that particular date when the concerned employee actually traveled and the claim may be restricted to the same and the balance amount if any calimed the same may be recovered from the concerned employee”.

The above proposal if accepted will reduce lot of administrative work and also will relieve the concerned employees from financial and mental hardship, thereby setting and outstanding issue once for all. In case of any further clarification required the Staff Side may please be invited for a discussion on the subject. Awaiting for your favorable response please.

 

Yours faithfully,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary

Source: Confederation

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Guidelines and instructions in the case of Husband and Wife both working for Central Government

Guidelines and instructions in the case of Husband and Wife both working for Central Government

What are all the regulations, Guidelines and instructions in the case of Husband and Wife both working for Central Government in the situations such as applying for House Building Advance, Medical Attendance Rules, Children Education Allowance, Leave Travel Concession Etc ?

How a married couple is treated in various Central Government service matters when both Husband and Wife are serving in Central Government?

The need to have a clarity on this subject gains much significance because treatment of them could differ in each law as each one would treat them according to the intention of the particular law.

For example, both are entitled to draw HRA even if they work in the same station, and live together but not provided with Government accommodation.

But when comes to Allotment of Quarters maintained by Government, only one residence will be provided to them except in the case of Judicial separation.

This article is a compilation of regulations in various service matters in respect of Husband and Wife when both are Central Government Employees.

HBA can be claimed by either of them. As per Rule 2 of HBA Rules, for the purpose of eligibility based on cost-ceiling of the house to be constructed, pay of both of them can be taken in to account. However, for the purpose of calculating the maximum amount of advance eligible under HBA, only the pay of the employee who prefers to avail HBA can be taken in to account.

Medical Attendance Rules

In non-CGHS areas, central government employees are covered by CS(MA) Rules which provide reimbursement of medical expenses incurred by the Central Government Employees. In the case of Both husband and wife working central government, to avoid double claim for same medical expenses, either Husband or Wife is permitted to make claims for self and entire family. The person who prefers to make claims under Medical Attendance Rules should be clearly mentioned in the joint declaration given by Both Husband and Wife in this regard. In the event of promotion, transfer, retirement, etc this declaration can be revised at any time. In the case of wife prefers to avail this concession for the entire family, she can either choose her parents or parents-in-law as dependents and prefer medical claim for them.

Children Education Allowance

As far as reimbursement of payment of tuition fees and hostel fees are concerned, either Husband or Wife can avail the benefit.
Family Planning Allowance

Either Husband or Wife may prefer to receive Family Planning Allowance. Since FPA is based on pay in pay band and grade pay, it will be beneficial if the employee drawing higher pay prefers to receive the same. In that case, there is no condition specified with regard to the employee who undergone family planning.

Leave Travel Concession

Husband

Wife

  1. His wife,
  2. His two surviving unmarried children or step children wholly dependent on him,
  3. His parents and/or step mother wholly dependent on him, whether or not residing with him and
  4. His unmarried minor brothers as well as unmarried, divorced, abandoned, separated from their husbands or widowed sisters residing with and wholly dependent him, provided their parents are either not alive or are themselves wholly dependent on him
  1. Her wife,
  2. Her two surviving unmarried children or step children wholly dependent on her,
  3. Her parents and/or step mother wholly dependent on her, whether or not residing with her and
  4. Her unmarried minor brothers as well as unmarried, divorced, abandoned, separated from their husbands or widowed sisters residing with and wholly dependent her, provided their parents are either not alive or are themselves wholly dependent on her

The above mentioned provision relating to family members can be separately declared and LTC for those members can be separately claimed by both Husband and Wife, subject to conditions that children will be eligible for the benefit in one particular block as members of the family of one of the parents only and that if husband or wife avails the facility as a member of the family of the other, he or she is not entitled for claiming the concession for self independently.

Travelling Allowance

Travelling Allowance allowed in the event of transfer of one or both of them simultaneously one of the spouses can prefer the claim and the other will be treated as member of family. In such situations only one lumpsum grant can be claimed.

If a husband or wife is transfered after 60 days of transfer of the spouse, but within 6 months, 50% of transfer grant is admissible. However, if both are entitled for reimbursement of cost of travel by personal car, if required they can travel seperatey and claim both of such travel expenses.

Family Pension

Either Husband or Wife is entitled for family pension in addition to own pay or pension, if the spouse dies.

In the case of demise of such husband /wife also, who was receiving family pension for the demise of his/her spouse, the child / children of the deceased parents should be granted two family pensions subject to certain limits prescribed. Please refer to Rule 54 (11), CCS (Pension) Rules in this regard.

House Rent Allowance

HRA will be paid to both husband and wife even if they work in the same station and did not avail Government Quarters. Even if one of them avails the Government residence in the same station where the other spouse is working, he/she will not be entitled for HRA.

Central Government Health Scheme

While both alongwith their family members will be eligible for medical treatement under CGHS, the spouse drawing higher pay will contribute to the Scheme. The scheme does not cover the Parents of the non-contributing employee.

However, women employees can prefer to include her parents-in-law, instead of her parents, in the family for availing CGHS.

If both Husband and Wife prefer to contribute for CGHS, parents of both will be entitled for medical benefits under CGHS.

Allotment of Residence

For the purpose of allotment of residence status of each of Husband and Wife such as designation, pay/grade pay drawn, service experience etc will be considered independently. In other words, higher status of either of two can be taken into account for priority, higher grade of residence etc. In any case both Husband and wife are entitled for allotment of one residence only except in the event of judicial separation.

Transfer norms when Husband and wife are in Government service

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Avail LTC for the block 2014-2015 before it finally expires by December 2016

Avail LTC for the block 2014-2015 before it finally expires by December 2016

Home Town Leave Travel Concession applicable for the year 2014-2015 can be either utilised as Home Town LTC or as All India LTC on or before 31st December 2016.

Have you planned for any Home Town Trip or Leave Travel by availing LTC and Encashment of Leave on LTC before this year expires ? Then Carry over provision available under Rule 10 of LTC Rules would be very handy to you.

Rule 10 of LTC provides that A Government servant who is unable to avail of the leave travel concession within a particular block of two years or four years may avail of the same within the first year of the next block of two years or four years.

The Current 4 year LTC Block is 2014-2017 and Two Year Block Year is 2016-2017. However, the home town LTC applicable for the Two year block year of 2014-2015, can be carried over and utilised by Central Government Employees either as home town LTC or as All India before it finally expires on 31st December 2016.

By Carrying Over of LTC for the block year 2014-2015, employees who intend to travel on LTC before 31st December 2016, can avail one more Home Town LTC or All India LTC (if they have converted the home town LTC to All India LTC in the previous 2 year block) before December 2017.

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Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules 1988 Relaxation to travel by air to visit NER, J and K and A and N

No. 31011/ 3/ 2014-Estt.(A-IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment (A-IV) Desk
***

North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: September 19, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 Relaxation to travel by air to visit NER, J&K and A&N.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even no. dated 09.09.2016 on the subject noted above regarding extension of the scheme to travel by air to North East Region (NER) , Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Andaman & Nicobar Islands (A&N). As clarifications have been sought from many quarters, it is clarified that the following schemes have been extended for a further period of two years, w.e.f. 26th September, 2016:

(i) LTC for visiting NER, J&K and A&N in lieu of a Home Town LTC.

(ii) Facility of air journey to non-entitled government servants for visiting NER, J&K and A&N.

(iii) Permission to undertake journey to Jammu and Kashmir by private airline.

2. The above special dispensation is subject to the following terms & conditions:

(i) All eligible Government servants may avail LTC to visit any place in NER/A&N/ J&K against the conversion of their one Home Town LTC in a four year block.

(ii) Government servants whose Home Town and Headquarters /place of posting are the same are not allowed the conversion.

(iii) Fresh Recruits are allowed conversion of one of the three Home Town LTCs in a block of four years applicable to them.

(iv) Government servants entitled to travel by air can avail this LTC from their Headquarters in Economy class at LTC-80 fare or less. While travelling to North-East region and Port Blair, journey has to be performed by Air India only. However, while availing LTC to Jammu & Kashmir, service of any airlines may be availed.
(v) Government servants not entitled to travel by air are allowed to travel by air in the following sectors:

(a) Between Kolkata/ Guwahati and any place in NER by Air India only in Economy class at LTC-80 fare or less.

(b) Between Kolkata/ Chennai/ Bhubaneswar and Port Blair by Air India only in Economy class at LTC-80 fare or less.

(c) Between Delhi / Amritsar and any place in J&K by any airlines in Economy class at LTC-80 fare or less.  Journey for these non-entitled employees from their Headquarters up to Kolkata/ Guwahati/ Chennai/ Bhubaneswar/ Delhi/ Amritsar will have to be undertaken as per their entitlement.

(vi) Air travel by non-entitled officers to NER, J&K and A&N is allowed whether they avail the normal anywhere in India LTC or in lieu of the Home Town LTC as permitted.

(vii) Air Tickets are to be purchased directly from the airlines (Booking counters, website of airlines) or by utilizing the service of Authorized Travel Agents viz. ‘M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company’, ‘M/s Ashok Travels & Tours’ and ‘IRCTC’ (to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DoPT’s O.M. No. 31011/6/2002 Estt.(A) dated 02.12.2009) while undertaking LTC journey. Booking of tickets through other agencies is not permitted.

3. Efforts should be made by the Government servants to book the air tickets at the cheapest fare possible. All the Ministries/ Departments are advised to bring it to the notice of all their employees that any misuse of LTC will be viewed seriously and the employees will be liable for appropriate action under the rules. In order to keep a check on any kind of misuse of LTC, Ministries/ Departments are advised to randomly get some of the air tickets submitted by the officials verified from the Airlines concerned with regard to the actual cost of air travel vis-a-vis the cost indicated on the air tickets submitted by the officials.

(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director (Establishment)
dire-dopt@gov.in

Source: Persmin

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Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession)Rules 1988- Relaxation to Travelby Air to visit NER,J&K and A&N

No. 31011/ 3/ 2014-Estt.(A-IV)
Government of India. Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment(A-IV) Desk
***

North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: September 9 , 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 — Relaxation to travel by air to visit NER, J&K and A&N.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even No. dated
26.09.2014 on the subject noted above and to say that relaxation. of CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988, to allow Government servants to travel by air to North East Region (NER), Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Andaman & Nicobar Islands (A&N) is extended for a further period of two years w.e.f. 26th September, 2016 subject to the following conditions:

(a) Travel by air to continue to be performed by Air India in Economy class at LTC-80 fare or less.

(b) For journey by air to Jammu & Kashmir, travel by any airline is allowed, however, the journey should be undertaken in Economy class at a fare less than or equal to LTC-80 fare of Air India.

(c) The condition that air tickets can be purchased either directly from the airlines (booking counters/website) or through authorized agents only viz., `M/s Balmer Lawrie and Co. Ltd.’, `M/s Ashok Travels and Tours Ltd.’ and IRCTC (to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DoPT’s O.M. No. 31011/6/2002-Estt.(A) dated 02.12.2009), shall necessarily apply.

(d) Efforts should be made by the Government servants to book the ait tickets at the cheapest fare possible. All the Ministries/ Departments are advised to bring it to the notice of all their employees that any misuse of LTC will be viewed seriously and the employees will be liable for appropriate action under the rules. In order to keep a check on any kind of misuse of LTC, Ministries/ Departments are advised to randomly get some of the air tickets submitted by the officials verified from the Airlines concerned with regard to the actual cost of air travel vis-a-vis the cost indicated on the air tickets submitted by the officials.

2. All other conditions prescribed in this Department’s O.M. of even no. dated
26.09.2014 shall continue to apply.

3. In their application to the staff serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts
Department, this order issue after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor Genial of India.

(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director(Establishment)

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High Court asks Centre to file its LTC policy

High Court asks Centre to file its LTC policy

The Delhi High Court today asked the Centre to file its policy regarding grant of leave travel concession (LTC) to government servants while observing that there were “serious anomalies” in the scheme.
“There are serious anomalies in it (LTC), not just with regard to airfare, but generally,” a bench of Justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Ashutosh Kumar said while hearing a PIL alleging misuse of the leave fare concession (LFC)/LTC scheme by employees of Syndicate Bank.

The court asked the Centre to file its LTC policy along with an affidavit, which would also include the “air travel component” applicable all over the country, on the next date of hearing on September 19.

The bench also suggested to the government to streamline the LTC policy to include air travel to foreign destinations, saying travelling to some overseas locations cost less than what it did to go to some places within the country.

It noted that air travel to Thiruvananthapuram was costlier than taking a flight to Nepal.

During the hearing, advocate Anuj Jain, appearing for the petitioner Yatendra Kumar Jain, contended that enquiry carried out into the alleged misuse of LTC scheme by bank employees was an “eyewash” as the travel agents who booked tickets were not traceable.

He also alleged that CBI was being reluctant to probe the matter, after which the bench also sought response from the agency on the issue.

The lawyer alleged that misuse of the scheme has caused a loss of Rs 450 crore to Syndicate Bank alone and the amount would be much more if all the 27 public sector banks in the country are taken into account.

The bank, meanwhile, filed an affidavit stating that to curb the alleged practice of travel agents presenting bills which were higher than that of the actual fare, it has started asking for copy of the ticket and boarding pass.

Jain has alleged that officials of the bank, even in higher scales of their rank, misused LFC by over-billing and excess-drawing hugely inflated fares, in league with private travel agents as well as the bank’s sanctioning authorities.

He has sought an investigation into the alleged misuse of LTC by the bank employees as well as disciplinary action or initiation of criminal proceedings against those held responsible.
PTI

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Irregularities and misuse in availing Leave Travel Concession – Guidelines to be followed

Irregularities and misuse in availing Leave Travel Concession – Guidelines to be followed.

No. 31011/3/2013-Estt (A.IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment A-IV Desk

North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated July 12, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Irregularities and misuse in availing Leave Travel Concession – Guidelines to be followed.

The undersigned is directed to enclose a copy of draft O.M. on the subject noted above for comments within 15 days to the undersigned (email address: jha.sn@nic.in)

(Surya Narayan Jha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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The undersigned is directed to say that some instances where some Government servants colluded with private travel agents to submit LTC claims showing inflated airfare to  clandestinely obtain undue benefits like free boarding/lodging/transport or cash refunds have come to notice of the Government.

2. In order to curb these malpractices the following steps may be taken:

(i) As per instructions reiterated from time to time, in all cases whenever a Govt. servant claims LTC by air, he/she is required to book the air tickets either directly  through the airlines (Booking counters, website of airlines) or by utilizing the service of  authorized travel agents viz. ‘M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company’, ‘M/s Ashok Travels &  Tours’ and ‘IRCTC’. Proposals from different Ministries/Departments for relaxation  continue to be received on the plea that the Government servant was not aware of this  requirement. Vide the OM dated No. 31011/3/2015-Estt (A.IV) dated 18th February, 2016 detailed guidelines on submission and processing of claims were circulated. These guidelines are required to be made available to Government servants whenever they apply for LTC. Plea of ignorance of the instructions therefore cannot be used by such Government servants.

The nodal Ministries of M/s Balmer Lawrie & Co. (Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas), M/s Ashok Travels & Tours (Ministry of Tourism) and IRCTC (Ministry of Railways) shall issue instructions to these organisations to ensure compliance to the instructions issued vide O.M. dated 18 th  February, 2016 on issue of air tickets. Any violation of these instructions shall invite blacklisting.

(ii) Vide the Department of Expenditure’s O.M. No. 19024/1/2009-E.IV dated 04.03.2011, it was clarified that reimbursement of air fare lower than LTC-80 fare of Air India is admissible for the journey(s) performed by Air India under LTC-80. LTC-80 fare is to be used as the ceiling beyond which no claim will be entertained. It has now been decided that in accordance with the canons of financial propriety, Government servants should purchase tickets at the lowest rate available at the time of booking for the date and time of scheduled journey. Government servant will be required to submit the print out of the tickets showing date and time of booking in addition to the fare charged. It may, however, be kept in mind that in some cases of cancellation/rescheduling, a refund fee may be applicable. This will be borne by the employee unless the journey had to be rescheduled/cancelled due to exigencies of work. The Authority which has approved the LTC will have the powers to cancel or reschedule it.

From pre-page:

(iii) While submitting the LTC claim after completion of the LTC journey, the Govt. servant will be required to submit a self-certificate on plain papers as follows:

(1) I certify that the airfare claimed by me is in respect of the fare charged by the Airline for the air journey only and does not include any charges for any facility/undue benefit including boarding/lodging/local transport.

(2) I also certify that I have booked the ticket at the lowest fare available for the destination at the time of booking for the scheduled date and time of departure. I am aware that suppression of any information or furnishing wrong information will render me liable to disciplinary action.

3.  The Administrative Ministries/Departments may also from time to time do random checks from airlines whether the tickets were booked at the lowest fare available on that date.  Attention of the Ministries/Departments is also invited to Rule 3(1)(i) of the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964 which requires the Government servants to maintain absolute integrity at all times. In addition, cheating/fraud also attract various sections of the Indian Penal Code 1860. Ministries/Departments should therefore not hesitate to take severe action against employees guilty of deliberate malpractices, particularly in collusion with travel agents etc.

4. All the Ministries/ Departments of Government of India are requested to bring the contents of this O.M. to the notice of all concerned.

(Surya Narayan Jha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

The Secretaries
All Ministries / Departments of Government of India.
(As per the standard list)

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Irregularities and misuse in availing Leave Travel Concession Guidelines to be followed

Irregularities and misuse in availing Leave Travel Concession Guidelines to be followed

No.31011/3/2013-Estt (A.IV)
Government Of India
Ministry Of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department Of Personnel and Training

Establishment A-IV Desk

North Block, New Delhi – 110 001
Dated July 12, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Irregularities and misuse in availing Leave Travel Concession Guidelines to be followed.

The undersigned is directed to enclose a copy of draft O.M.on the subject noted above for comments within 15 days to the undersigned (email address:jha.sn@nic.in)

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(Surya Narayan Jha)

Under secretary to the Government of India

No.31011/3/2013-Estt(A.IV)
Government Of India
Ministry Of personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

Establishment A-IV Desk

North Block, New Delhi – 110 001

Dated: , 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Irregularities and misuse in availing Leave Travel Concession – Guidelines to be followed.

The undersigned is directed to say that some instances where some Government servants colluded with private travel agents to submit LTC claims showing inflated airfare to clandestinely obtain undue benefits like free boarding/lodging/transport of cash refunds have come to notice of the Government.

2. In order to curb these malpractices the following steps may be taken:

(i) As per instructions reiterated from time to time, in all cases whenever a Govt. Servant claims LTC by air, he/she is required to book the air tickets either directly through the airlines (Booking counters, website of airlines) or by utilizing the service of authorized travel agents viz. M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company’, M/s Ashok Travels & Tours’and ‘IRCTC’. Proposals from different Ministries/Departments for relaxation continue to be received on the plea that the Government servant was not aware of this requirement. Vide the OM dated No.31011/3/2015-Estt (A.IV) dated 18th February, 2016 detailed guidelines on submission and processing of claims were circulated These guidelines are required to be made available to Government servants whenever they apply for LTC. Plea of ignorance of the instructions therefore cannot be used by such Government Servants.

The nodal Ministries of M/s Balmer Lawrie & Co. (Ministry of petroleum and Natural Gas), M/s Ashok Travels & Tours (Ministry of Tourism) and IRCTC (Ministry of Railways) shall issue instructions to these organisations to ensure compliance to the instructions issues vide O.M.dated 18th February, 2016 on issue of air tickets. Any violation of these instructions shall invite blacklisting.

(ii) Vide the Department of Expenditure’s O.M.No.19024/1/2009-E.IV dated 04.03.2011, it was clarified that reimbursement of air fare lower than LTC-80 fare of Air India is admissible for the journey(s) performed by Air India under LTC-80. LTC-80 fare is to be used as the ceiling beyond which no claim will be entertained. It has now been decided that in accordance with the canons of financial propriety, Government servants should purchase tickets at the lowest rate available at the time of booking for the date and time of scheduled journey. Government servant will be required to submit the print out of the tickets showing date and time of booking in addition to the fare charged. It may, however, be kept in mind that in some cases of cancellation/rescheduling, a refund fee may be applicable. This will be borne by the employee unless the journey had to be rescheduled/cancelled due to exigencies of work. The Authority which has approved the LTC will have the powers to cancel or reschedule it.

(iii) While submitting the LTC claim after completion of the LTC journey, the Govt. Servant will be required to submit a self-certificate on plain paper as follows:

(1) I certify that the airfare claimed by me is in respect of the fare charged by the Airline for the air journey only and does not include any charges for any facility/undue benefit including boarding/lodging/local transport.

(2) I also certify that I have booked the ticket at the lowest fare available for the destination at the time of booking for the scheduled date and time of departure. I am aware that suppression of any information or furnishing wrong information will render me liable to disciplinary action.

3. The Administrative Ministries/Department may also from time to time do random checks from airlines whether the tickets were booked at the lowest fare available on that date. Attention of the Ministries/Departments is also invited to Rule 3(1)(i) of the Central Civil services (conduct) Rules, 1964 which requires the Government servants to maintain absolute integrity at all times. In addition, cheating/fraud also attract various sections of the India Penal code 1860. Ministries/Departments should therefore not hesitate to take severe action against employees guilty of deliberate malpractices, particularly in collusion with travel agents etc.

4. All the Ministries/Departments of Government of India are requested to bring the contents of this O.M. to the notice of all concerned.

(Surya Narayan Jha)

Under secretary to the Government of India.

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Central Government Employees now get LTC advance ahead of 4 months of journey

Central Government Employees now get LTC advance ahead of 4 months of journey

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Relaxing norms, the government today allowed central government employees to take advance four months ahead of commencing journey under Leave Travel Concession (LTC) rules.

 

A government employee gets reimbursement of tickets for to and fro journey, in addition to 10 days leave encashment, when he avails LTC.

 

The existing rules allow an employee to draw advance for LTC journey for himself and his family members 65 days before the proposed date of the outward journey.

 

Since, the Ministry of Railways has decided to increase the advance reservation period for booking accommodation in trains from 60 to 120 days (excluding the date of journey) with effect from April 1 2015, the time-limit for drawable of LTC advance by the government servants may be increased from 65 days (i.e. two months and 5 days) to 125 days (i.e. four months and five days) in case of journey by train, the Office Memorandum F.No.31011/8/2015-Estt (A.IV) issued today by DoPT said.

 

The cases where the LTC journey is proposed to be undertaken by other modes of transport viz air, sea or road, the time-limit for drawing LTC advance shall remain 65 days only, it said.

 

In all the cases, where an advance is drawn for the purpose of availing LTC, it will be mandatory for the government servant to produce the outward journey tickets to the competent authority within ten days of drawable of advance in order to verify that he has actually utilised the amount to purchase the tickets, the order said.

 

There are about 50 lakh central government employees at present.

 

In another order, employees have been asked to compulsorily avail catering facilities provided by the Railways on Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains and the cost is included in the ticket.

 

The move comes after several references were received seeking clarification regarding the admissibility of catering charges charged by the Railways in respect of the rail journey performed by Rajdhani or Shatabdi on LTC.

 

The matter has been examined in consultation with Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance and it is clarified that if the government servant has to compulsorily avail the catering facility and the cost is included in the rail fare for Rajdhani, Shatabdi or Duronto trains, the fare charged shall be reimbursable in full as per the entitlement or eligibility of the government servant, the order added.

 

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Central Civil Services (Leave Travel concession) Rules, 1988 – Reimbursement of rail fare on LTC in respect of children of 5-12 yrs age group

No. 31011/3/2016-Estt (A.IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment A-IV Desk

North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: April 29, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Central Civil Services (Leave Travel concession) Rules, 1988 – Reimbursement of rail fare on LTC in respect of children of 5-12 yrs age group.- Clarification reg.

As per Railway Board’s circular No. 71 of 2015, Ministry of Railways have decided that in case of children above 5 years and under 12 years of age, for whom full berth/seat is sought at the time of reservation, full fare shall be charged. It is mentioned that if berth/seat is not sought for the children of age 5 years and under 12 years of age at the time of reservation, then half of the adult fare shall continue to be charged subject to minimum distance for charge. This would be effective for the travel w.e.f. 10.04.2016.

2. In this regard, several references have been received in this Department from various Ministries/ Departments seeking clarification as to whether the full fare charged by the Railways for reservation of berth for children between 5 years and 12 years shall be reimbursable while availing LTC facility.

3. The matter has been examined in consultation with Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance and it has been decided that for the family members of the Government servant, aged between 5 yrs and under 12 yrs, the actual rail fare shall be reimbursed for LTC, as per the choice of rail tickets purchased by the Government servant.

(Surya Narayan Jha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

To
The Secretaries
All Ministries / Departments of Government of India.
(As per the standard list)

Circular Portal

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Central Civil Services (LTC) Rules, 1988 – Fulfillment of procedural requirements

No. 31011/3/2015-Estt (A.IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment A-IV Desk

North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: March 29 , 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 — Fulfillment of procedural requirements-reg.

The undersigned is directed to enclose a copy of draft O.M. on the subject noted above for comments within 15 days to the undersigned (email address: jha.sn@nic.in).

(Surya Narayan Jha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

To
The Secretaries
All Ministries / Departments of Government of India
(As per the standard list)
Subject:- Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 — Fulfillment procedural requirements. 

The undersigned is directed to refer to para 8 and 9 of the Guidelines enclosed in this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 18.2.2016 on the above noted subject and to say that the issues have been revisited in consultation with the Department of Expenditure. It has been decided that the cases where a Government servant travels on LTC upto the nearest airport/railway station/ bus terminal by authorised mode of transport and undertakes rest of the journey to the declared place of visit by private transport/own arrangement, may be dealt with as
follows:-

(i) When public transport is available between the nearest airport/railway station/ bus terminal and the declared place of visit:-

The Government servant may also be reimbursed the fare incurred for completion of journey to the declared place of visit by own arrangement. This will be restricted to the fare admissible for journey by otherwise entitled mode of public transport from the nearest airport/railway station/ bus terminal to the declared place of visit. The Government servant shall be required to submit an undertaking that he has actually visited the declared place of visit.

(ii) Where no public transport is available between the nearest airport/railway station/bus terminal and the declared place of visit:-

(a) In case he does not wish to claim reimbursement for the part of the journey which he has undertaken by his own arrangement, he may be reimbursed for the part of the journey which he has undertaken by public transport. The Government servant shall be required to submit an undertaking that he has actually visited the declared place of visit.
(b) Where the Government servant claims assistance for the entire journey, the part of the journey where he has used his own arrangement would also be reimbursed as per his entitlement for journey on transfer. The Government servant shall be required to submit an undertaking that he has actually visited the declared place of visit.

2. In case of (b) above, the Government servant shall be required to submit a certificate that the mode of transport used by him operates from point to point on regular basis with the approval of the State Government/Transport authorities, and is authorised to ply as public carrier.
3. Above certificate need not be insisted upon in case information to the effect that (i) no public transport is available in a particular area, (ii) list of transport operators who operate on regular basis from point to point on regular basis with the specific approval of the State Government/Transport authorities, is available on the website of a State/Central Government or a State or Central PSU or in a current publication brought out by these authorities.

(Surya Narayan Jha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

To
The Secretaries
All Ministries/Departments of Government of India
(As per the standard list)

Circular

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LTC by Air Allowed for Non-Entitled Central Government Employees

LTC by Air Allowed for Non-Entitled Central Government Employees

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All non-entitled central government employees have been allowed to travel by air while availing Leave Travel Concession (LTC) with a condition that reimbursement in such cases shall be restricted to the fare of their entitled class of train or actual expense.

The Ministry of Personnel had recently eased norms for processing claims of LTC — which allows grant of leave and ticket reimbursement to eligible central government employees to travel to their home towns and other places.

“Government employees not entitled to travel by air may travel by any airline. However, reimbursement in such cases shall be restricted to the fare of their entitled class of train, transport or actual expense, whichever is less,” an order issued by the Ministry said.

The move comes after the government received a number of queries in this regard. In many cases, employees did not have railway station or good road network to their home towns and they had requested for permission to travel by air to save time, which was being denied, officials said.

Now, they will be allowed to travel by air and by any airline, they said. At present, those entitled to travel by air have to mandatorily travel by Air India.

A government servant may also apply for advance for himself or his family members 65 days before the proposed date of the outward journey and he or she would be required to produce the tickets within ten days of the withdrawal of advance, irrespective of the date of commencement of the journey, as per the new norms.

There are about 50 lakh central government employees.

All central government employees have been asked to share photos and interesting details of their holidays.

The DoPT has decided to put a limit of one month for verification of LTC claim after the LTC bill is submitted by government employee for settlement and final payment.

“Efforts should be made to reduce the duration of processing of LTC applications or claims at the earliest. The maximum time limit should be strictly adhered to and non- compliance of time limit should be adequately explained,” its directive said.

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