seventh Pay Fee Information: Central authorities staff who had booked LTC tickets upfront however needed to cancel them because of the lockdown needed to pay excessive cancellation costs imposed by the airways.
New Delhi | Jagran Enterprise Desk: In a significant reduction for central authorities staff who had booked air tickets throughout the lockdown and needed to subsequently cancel the identical, the Division of Personnel and Coaching (DoPT) has determined to offer one-time reimbursement/rescheduling costs paid by them.
The transfer got here as central authorities staff who had booked LTC tickets upfront however needed to cancel them because of the lockdown needed to pay excessive cancellation costs imposed by the airways.
After receiving a number of requests on the matter, the DoPT launched an workplace memorandum (OM) concerning the seventh Pay Fee-linked LTC allowance.
“Throughout the months of March – Could, 2020, a Nation-wide Lockdown was carried out throughout the nation in view of the prevailing Covid-19 epidemic. Throughout this era, all home flights inside India have been cancelled however sure airways have charged the cancellation costs towards the pre-booked air tickets. In such a scenario, many Authorities staff who had booked LTC tickets upfront for that interval are dealing with monetary difficulties in view of the excessive cancellation quantity charged by the airways. On this regard, requests are being obtained on this Division for grant of one-time leisure for reimbursement of the cancellation costs,” learn the DoPT OM.
It additional stated that a number of airways have nonetheless not refunded the quantity for the tickets booked upfront for the LTC journey scheduled throughout the lockdown interval. As a substitute, that quantity has been saved by many airline carriers within the type of ‘credit score shell’ and the passengers have been given the choice to journey inside a yr.
“That is inflicting undue hardships to the Authorities staff because the LTC advance together with penal curiosity, is required to be returned if the journey just isn’t undertaken. Requests have been obtained on this regard for extension of time-limit for settlement of LTC advance and exemption of penal curiosity until such date the journey is carried out by them,” it added.
The DoPT OM stated that matter has been thought-about in session with Division of Expenditure, and the next selections are conveyed:
- Ministries/Departments are delegated the facility to reimburse the cancellation/ reschedule costs of air/prepare tickets, as a one-time leisure, to such Authorities servants who had booked advance air/prepare tickets for the aim of LTC journey throughout the Lockdown interval from twenty fourth March, 2020 to thirty first Could, 2020 however weren’t in a position to carry out the journey attributable to cancellation/rescheduling of flights/trains throughout that interval. Such authorities servants in search of (Satish Kumar) Underneath Secretary to the Authorities of India reimbursement of cancellation! reschedule costs shall be required to provide the receipt of cancellation/reschedule costs incurred by them.
- In instances the place the airways have saved the refund quantity in ‘Credit score Shell’, Ministries /Departments could lengthen the interval of reimbursement of LTC advance taken by the Authorities servant for LTC journey scheduled throughout the lockdown interval(March-Could, 2020), until 28.02.202 1 or until such time the quantity in ‘Credit score Shell’ is utilised by the Authorities servant to carry out LTC journey, whichever is earlier. Additionally, penal curiosity might not be charged on LTC advance quantity taken by the Authorities servant on LTC journey scheduled throughout the lockdown interval.
- In instances the place the Authorities servants have drawn LTC advance in addition to depart encashment in order to carry out the LTC journey, however couldn’t carry out journey throughout the lockdown interval and now intend to go for Particular Money Bundle Scheme in lieu of LTC in accordance with Division of Expenditure’s OM No. 12(2)/2020-E.II(A) dated 12.10.2020, they’re additionally allowed to avail the ability of the Scheme. The LTC advance and depart encashment which have remained unsettled attributable to non-performance of the journey, could also be adjusted as per the provisions of the Particular Money Bundle Scheme.