Thursday, September 10, 2009
IN A major U-turn in just three months, the Indian government said on Wednesday that it would reimburse Leave Travel Concession (LTC) claims of its employees traveling by air only if they travel economy class. That means bureaucrats planning to take their families out on a business class flight for the annual vacation need to downgrade their ticket to the economy class to get it reimbursed. “Bureaucrats availing of the LTC by government servants will be restricted to the cost of travel by the economy class, irrespective of entitlement, with immediate effect” the new directive said. Significantly, the government had recently said that it would reimburse its employees for LTC only of they travel Air India, in an apparent move to bail out the cash strapped government carrier. For the last few years, the government employees preferred to fly Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines during their annual vacation and got it reimbursed by the LTC scheme. So, babu blogger’s choice of picture today symbolizes an Indian bureaucrat’s pipedream, at least for now. Read: “Bureaucrats allowed to fly again in business class for LTC” posted on June 9, 2009. Also read, “Officials must travel by Air India to claim LTC, clarifies DoPT” posted on July 28, 2009. You have a chance to be “field officers”, quite literally Wish to join the Central Secretariat Cricket team? Here’s a chance to be actually on field. The Central Civil Services Cultural and Sports Board will hold selection trials to select the Central Secretarial cricket team for the year 2009-2010 on September 24 and 25 at the Board’s cricket ground at Vinay Marg, New Delhi. If you are a Central government employees working with any ministry or department, and have a feeling that there is a Dhoni and Yuvraj in you, just register your name with Amar Jeet Singh at Board’s cricket ground at Vinay Marg by September 22, 2009.