AIRF : All India Travel Concession facility, once in a block of 4 years on surrender of Privilege Passes
Dated: March 16, 2020
Sub: Scheme of optional “All India Travel Concession facility, once in a block of 4 years(i.e. 2018-2021 onwards) on surrender of Privilege Passes
Ref.: (i) DoP&T’s O.M. No.31011/15/2017-Estt.A-IV dated 27.03.2018
(ii) Railway Board’s letter No.E(W)2017/PS5-1/3 dated 10.09.2018(RBE No.130/2018)
As Railway Board are aware that; the 7th CPC had recommended to bring Railway Servants also under the purview of LTC. Consequently, DoP&T, in consultation with Ministry of Railways, issued Office Memorandum, referred to above at S.No.(i), allowing Railway Servants to avail this facility with the condition that; Railway Employees who intend to avail LTC facility shall have to surrender Privilege Passes admissible to them in the current year in which they wish to avail this facility.
As Railway Board are aware that, pursuant to recommendations of the 7th CPC, DoP&T has communicated government’s decision, vide their Office Memorandum referred to above, to allow the Railway Employees to avail All India LTC in accordance with the Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988, i.e. CCS(LTC) Rules. The said O.M. was issued by the DoP&T in consultation with the Ministry of Railways, and certain conditions enumerated in that (from (i) to (viii)) were also laid down therein, explaining the entire procedure.
Railway Board, vide their letter, referred to above at S.No.(ii), issued instructions in regard to the above, in pursuance of DoP&T’s Office Memorandum cited above at S.No.(i), however, in the summarized position, given under Para 7 of the said RBE No.130/2018, it has been mentioned that, in Level 6 to 8, air travel entitlement, stipulated in MoF’s O.M. No.19030/1/2017-E.IV dated 13.07.2017, is not admissible for LTC, which is highly unfair and unjustified, because neither MoF’s O.M. dated 13.07.2017 nor the O.M. issued by the DoP&T dated 27.03.2018, referred to above at S.No.(i), which was issued in consultation with the Ministry of Railways, anywhere stipulates such type of condition, debarring Railway Employees, in Level 6-8 of the 7th CPC Pay Matrix, from air travel entitlement.
AIRF, therefore, desires that, the aforementioned condition, not allowing Railway Employees, in Level 6-8 air travel entitlement, should be withdrawn for justice and parity, and they should also be allowed similar entitlement, as stipulated in the Office Memorandum No.19030/1/2017-E.IV dated 10.07.2017 of the MoF (Deptt. of Expenditure) and O.M. No.31011/15/2017-Estt.A-IV dated 27.03.2018 of the DoP&T, so that, Railway employees, who intend to avail All India LTC facility can avail the same in a hassle-free manner.
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)