New Delhi, March 31: Government employees and their spouses will now be able to avail Leave Travel Concession (LTC)  the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) under Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension reportedly announced.

The circular that was issued on March 27 said,“The matter has been considered in this department in consultation with Ministry of Railways. It has been decided that Railway employees may be allowed to avail all-India LTC once in a block of four years. It further stated, “The ‘All-India LTC’ will be purely optional for railway employees.”

However, the ministry, made it clear that all the railway employees shall continue to be governed by the Railway Servants (Pass) Rules. It was also mentioned that the railway employees will not be eligible for “Home Town LTC” and will have to surrender the Privilege Passes (concessional or free tickets) admissible to them in the calendar year in which they intend to avail the LTC facility.

However, they would continue to be eligible for other kinds of passes such as the duty pass, school pass and special passes on medical grounds, as admissible under the pass rules, the order stated. If the railway employee has already availed of a Privilege Pass, then LTC will not be allowed in that year, it said.

Meanwhile, Mizoram Finance Minister Lalsawta on Wednesday also informed the state legislature that the state government intended to implement the seventh central pay commission during 2018-2019.

Replying to questions from five members, Lalsawta said that the government had been waiting for the recommendation of a committee to study the seventh pay commission which was yet to submit its report and recommendations.