7th Pay Commission: At a time when over 50 lakh central government employees are waiting for a hike in the minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations, the Narendra Modi-led Centre extended benefits of leave travel concession LTC scheme allowing them to fly to Jammu and Kashmir, Northeast region and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands till September 2020. Notably, the govt employees get reimbursement of tickets for to and fro journey, besides paid leaves, when they avail LTC allowance.

Issuing an order to secretaries of all central government departments, the Personnel Ministry also warned employees against misuse of LTC rules. “Efforts should be made by the government servants to book the air tickets at the cheapest fare possible. All the ministries or 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,” it said.

“In order to keep a check on any kind of misuse of LTC, all departments are advised to randomly get some 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,” it added.

Earlier in September 2014, the govt had relaxed the LTC rules to allow government staff to travel by air to Northeast region, Jammu and Kashmir and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The relaxation is being extended time to time. It was last extended for two years in 2016.