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Monday, March 15, 2010

No need to travel by Air India to claim LTC under railway entitlement, clarifies DoPT

DOES a government officer need to travel by Air India alone if his travel expenses are to be reimbursed against Leave Travel Concession (LTC)? The government now says “No”.
In fact, the government has clarified that if you are entitled to reimburse your railway tickets for LTC, but you have instead traveled by air, you don’t necessarily travel by Air India.
The department of personnel and training (DoPT) in an office memorandum dated March 11, 2010, said that the restriction of travel by Air India only need not apply to non-entitled officers who travel by air and claim the LTC reimbursement by entitled class of rail. The office memo titled, “regulation of journeys by private airlines while availing Leave Travel Concessions” however made it clear that it would be applicable with effect from the issue of the office memo, and “past cases already settled will not be reopened”.
In July last year, the government issued an instruction saying that all air travel (including LTC), both domestic and international where the government of India bears the cost, the concerned official may travel by Air India only.
In a related development, the government may end restrictions of ministers and bureaucrats compulsorily travel only in economy class by March 31, --- a decision which resulted into junior external affairs minister Shashi Tharoor tweeting about his controversial “cattle class” comments. Though the ministers and bureaucrats have abided by the finance minister’s diktat resulting into a saving of Rs 2000 cr for the government, a few ministers raised the issue in a recent cabinet meeting.
DoPT OFFICE MEMO, dated March 11, 2010

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4 comments:

  1. Why should there be a part-relaxation? Bureaucrats should be free to travel by any airline as time is precious? Air India should get government subsidy through other means.

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  2. CRORES OF RUPEES ARE SIPHONED OUT OF GOVT ACCOUNTS OF THE VARIOUS MINISTRIES TO AIR INDIA. GOVT OFFICIALS MUST BE ALLOWED TO TRAVEL BY ANY AIRLINES AS PER THEIR ENTITLEMENT. WHY GOVT SHOULD SIPHON OUT MONEY TO AIR INDIA ??? IS THIS THE WAY TO MAKE AIR INDIA "PROFIT MAKING AIRLINES"

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  3. make air india profitable and govt inefficient... is this the logic. Shouldnt Air india compete with others. Next step: Govt in insurance prefers only LIC (say for NPS); prefers MTNL over other telecom, prefers IRCTC mineral water over Bisleri in meetings, IRCTC foodpacks over HaldiRam/ Bikanerwala and FM/PM holds meetings in Ashoka only than other 5 stars... and the best of all... uniform allowance to police/ other officers when they get wardi stiched from sarkari mill kapada ! CGHS distributes only sarkari factory ki medicines..... and .... an officer can go only toa sarkari toilet !!!!

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  4. Govt. approved Balmer Lawrie is charing
    Rs. 32600/- for Delhi-Portblair-Delhi sector
    under LTC 80 scheme by Air India,while tickets by other airlines are much cheaper.
    If you travel by Air India then whole night you have to wait at Chennai airport as they don't have direct flight from Delhi which adds to loss of time and inconvenience

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