Grant of one time relaxation to the CG Employees who availed LTC-80 and booked air tickets from other than authorised agents

Grant of one time relaxation to the CG Employees who availed LTC-80 and booked air tickets from other than authorised agents

Grant of one time relaxation to the CG Employees who availed LTC-80 and booked air tickets from other than authorised agents

point no. 15



MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE HELD BETWEEN THE
STAFF-SIDE, NATIONAL COUNCIL (JOINT CONSULTATIVE MACHINERY) AND THE
OFFICIAL-SIDE UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF SECRETARY(P) AT 3.00 P.M. ON
03.05.2017

S.No. 15 –Grant of one time relaxation
to the Central Government employees who have availed LTC-80 and traveled
by air by purchasing ticket from authorities other than authorised
agents.

Establishment Division had
through their letter dated 03.02.2017 informed that DoPT was in receipt
of complaints regarding misuse/corruption in LTC especially in cases of
LTC-availed travel to Jammu & Kashmir, North East regions and
Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In the wake of reported scams, DoPT has
been impressing upon the need for booking the LTC tickets from
authorised agents and has been circulating such instructions amongst
Ministries / Departments to create awareness amongst Government
employees. Granting en-masse relaxations without proper examination of
the LTC claims may not serve any public interest and in fact may
encourage the unscrupulous persons. The Division is of the view that the
Ministries/ Departments need to examine the cases on merit. Only
exceptional cases where the Ministry/ Department is satisfied that undue
hardship is being caused in any particular case, it may be referred to
DoPT for consideration. In cases of any fraudulent claims/ attempts to
inflate the claims, appropriate disciplinary action should be taken by
the respective Department.
Staff-Side stated that
Group C and D employees were not aware of the rules. They were also not
informed that they would have to procure tickets from the authorised
agent or from the website of airlines. Later a clarification was issued
that tickets were to be purchased from the authorised agents. At the
same time, notices had also been issued that the amount would be
recovered from salaries in case of non-compliance. They stated that if
somebody had done wrong or had not travelled at all, then action may be
taken. However, if the persons had submitted proper bills and boarding
passes, they should not be subjected to recovery.
Staff-Side
stated that DoPT had advised that each case should be sent after
examination on merit and had also sought details of number of cases.
JS(E) stated that the total number of employees have not been
ascertained and no definite answer on the number of employees who are
affected by this has been given. On this, Chairman observed that giving
an exact number may be difficult as it could be in thousands. Staff Side
suggested that the concerned administration which gave the LTC advance
may examine if the employee had actually travelled. If there is any
difference in the fare charged by Air India on the day of travel, the
excess amount may be recovered from the employee. It was stated that the
employees are facing hardship as it was not initially specified to them
that they should purchase ticket only from an authorised agent or from
the website of the airlines.
It was decided that
Establishment Division of DoPT should relook into the issue in view of
the difficulty faced by the employees.
{Action: Establishment Division (DoPT)}
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