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7th CPC LTC Rules

The 7th Central Pay Commission came into force from 14th Feb 2014. It is an administrative set up that determine the salaries of government employees. The pay commission also drafts various rules relating to other monetary and non monetary benefits to be provided to the employees of Central Government.

Allowances such as Leave Travel Concession, Children Education Allowance, Conveyance Allowance, Cost of Living Allowance, Daily Allowance, Dearness Allowance (DA), Entertainment Allowance etc. are provided to the Central Government employees by the Central Pay Commission. Leave Travel Concession is provided to facilitate home travels and travel to other parts of the country. Leave Travel Concession (LTC) is a type of yearly benefit which the employer provides expense for you to travel with your family. Usually, these are mentioned as yearly component but are paid on a monthly basis. To claim this LTC, certain conditions are to be satisfied. Conditions such as the following shall be fulfilled for availing of the same:

  1. The number of home travel visits allowed under this concession shall be two.
  2. LTC shall be available every four years.
  3. An All India visit can be substituted for one home travel visit.
  4. LTC shall not be available to those employees whose spouses work in the Indian Railways.

Demand for changes to benefits

  • Several demands have been raised by the employees to increase the number of times LTC can be availed, particularly for the “All India” visits.
  • Requests are been made to extend the LTC to foreign countries as well. Requests have been made to split the hometown LTC by employees working on islands. It shall then be possible for them to visit families once a year and vice versa.
  • Requests for Additional LTC, such as that offered to Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), have been received from officers working in Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
  • Necessary changes were requested by Railway employees and officers whose spouses are railway employees regarding several places that are not connected by rail and visits to these places are not able to be scheduled due to the unavailability of LTC.
  • Requests to split the hometown LTC for employees posted in Ladakh, North East, and Island territories such as Andaman, Nicobar, and Lakshadweep were made as this would help such employees to meet their families more often.
  • Request was raised for defense forces placed at high altitude, field, and CI Ops regions to grant them an additional free railway warrant, and it was also requested to extend this to CAPF personnel and Indian Coast Guards.

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Other recommendations that shall be beneficial to employees of Railway are as follows:

  • “All India” LTC shall be granted to Railway employees once in four years; non applicability of hometown LTC.
  • All passes for the ongoing year will have to be surrendered in order to procure the LTC.
  • LTC will not be provided for the year in which an employee has already received a pass.
  • Either of the spouses will have to surrender the pass if both of them are employees of Railway.
  • The allowance does not follow the financial year but the calendar year.
  • Advance up to 90% of the fare on LTC can be claimed as advance by all eligible Central Government Employees.
  • On retirement, Leave Encashment is permitted for 300 Days (Excluding 60 Days EL Encashment during LTC)

What are the foreign tour rules for Central Government employees?

There has been an increase in the Leave Travel Concession for employees over the years. In some areas, one can still expect further relaxations. These are as follows:

  • Permission to be granted for journey by air route to and from the North Eastern region for all Central Government employees.
  • Permission to be granted for travel within that region for all employees posted in North Eastern states.
  • LTC periodicity should be cut down from once in 4 years to once in 2 years.
  • Under the provisions of LTC, allowing an employee to tour outside the country once in his/her lifetime.

What are the new rules relating to 7th CPC travel entitlement on LTC?

An office memorandum was issued on 19 September, 2017 by the Ministry of Finance stating that the Travel entitlements for government employees for LTC would remain the same as Travelling Allowance entitlements except for air travel entitlement for officers between Level 6 and Level 8 of the Pay Matrix. The exception states that air travel entitlement for the above mentioned employees would be allowed for Travelling Allowance only and not for LTC. The rules stated in the memorandum were effective from 1st July, 2017. One should also note the additional conditions:

  • Daily allowance shall not be provided for travel through LTC.
  • There shall not be any reimbursements relating to all incidental expenses that are incurred on local journeys.
  • Journeys performed in government vehicles or corporation vehicles in public sector shall qualify for reimbursement under LTC.
  • The employee will be allowed reimbursement according to his/her entitlement for journey on transfers, if the journey undertaken is between places that are not connected through public transport. However, the maximum limit shall be 100 kms covered by the private transport vehicle. Self certification of the claim is necessary. It should be submitted in manner prescribed. Any expense over and above the specified upper limit shall be borne by the respective employees.
  • Travel through Premium, Premium Tatkal, or Suvidha trains is allowed under LTC. The reimbursement of Tatkal or Premium Tatkal charges is also provided.
  • Under LTC, flexi fare applicable on trains like Shatabdi, Rajdhani, or Duronto trains will be allowed, if the travel is performed by these trains. This factor of dynamic fare will not be relevant if a non-entitled government employee takes a journey by air and raises a claim consequently.

The following are the travel entitlements as per 7Th CPC that is employees falling under the pay level as per pay matrix can claim the travel entitlement as stated:

14 and above First Class AC
12 and 13 First Class AC
9 to 11 AC-Second Class
6 to 8 AC-Second Class
5 and below 1st Class/ AC-III/ AC Chair car
14 and above Business/Club class
12 and 13 Economy Class
9 to 11 Economy Class
6 to 8
5 and below
14 and above Highest Class
12 and 13 Highest Class
9 to 11 Highest Class
6 to 8 Second Classes-Lower Class
4 and 5 Second Classes-Lower Class, Third Classes-Middle, 4 Classes-3 Class
3 and below Lowest Class
14 and above Actual Fare incurred in AC Bus, AC Taxi
12 and 13 Actual Fare incurred in AC Bus
9 to 11 Actual Fare incurred in AC Bus
6 to 8 Actual Fare incurred in AC Bus
5 and below Actual Fare incurred in Public Bus