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7th Central Pay Commission Travelling Allowance

Travelling allowance deals with the nature of travel entitlements for different ranks of government employees. The allowance on tour comprises of fares for journey by road, air, rail and sea.

The 6th CPC had changed the old concept of Daily Allowance by implementing reimbursement of hotel accommodation, taxi charges and food bill on producing vouchers for the same. Now, since this was a new concept, employees were given the option to choose between the old 5th CPC single rate of DA and the DA based on reimbursement of expenses, as per 6th CPC. The 7th CPC has recommended continuing the concept of reimbursement of hotel accommodation, taxi charges and food bill, with the exception that vouchers are not required to be produced for food bills.

(Note - All the information contained in this page has been sourced from The Department of Expenditure doe.gov.in/sites/default/files/TA%20English.pdf.)

Daily Allowance as per Pay Level in Pay Matrix

Daily Allowance on Tour

Pay level in pay matrixEntitlement
14 and aboveReimbursement for accommodation in hotel/guest house of up to Rs. 7,500 per day,
Reimbursement of AC taxi expense as per actual expenditure commensurate with official engagements for travel within the city and Reimbursement of food bills not surpassing Rs. 1,200 per day.
12 and 13Reimbursement for accommodation in hotel/guest house of up to 4,5001 per day,
Reimbursement of AC taxi expense of up to 50 km per day for travel within the city,
Reimbursement of food bills not surpassing Rs. 1000 per day.
9 to 11Reimbursement for accommodation in hotel/guest house of up to Rs. 2,250 per day,
Reimbursement of non-AC taxi expense of up to Rs. 338 per day for travel within the city,
Reimbursement of food bills not surpassing Rs. 900 per day.
6 to 8Reimbursement for accommodation in hotel/guest house of up to Rs. 750 per day,
Reimbursement of non-AC taxi expense of up to Rs. 225 per day for travel within the city,
Reimbursement of food bills not surpassing Rs. 800 per day.
5 and belowReimbursement for accommodation in hotel/guest house of up to Rs. 450 per day,
Reimbursement of non-AC taxi expense of up to Rs. 113 per day for travel within the city,
Reimbursement of food bills not surpassing Rs. 500 per day.

7th CPC Travel Entitlements

Travel Entitlements within India

Pay Level in Pay MatrixTravel Entitlement
14 and aboveBusiness/Club class by air or AC-l by train
12 and 13Economy class by air or AC-l by train
6 to 11Economy class by air or AC-ll by train
5 and belowFirst Class/AC-llI/AC Chair car by train
Pay Level in Pay MatrixTravel Entitlements in Premium/Premium tatkal/Rajdhani/ Suvidha/Shatabdi//Duronto Trains
12 and aboveExecutive/AC 1st Class (ln case of Premium/Premium Tatkal/Suvidha/Shatabdi/Rajdhani Trains as per available highest class)
6 to 11AC 2nd Class/Chair Car (ln Shatabdi Trains)
5 and belowAC 3rd Class/Chair Car

International Travel Entitlement

Pay Level in Pay MatrixTravel Entitlement
17 and aboveFirst class
14 to 16Business/Club class
13 and belowEconomy Class

Entitlement for journeys by Sea or by River Steamer

For places other than A&N Group of islands and Lakshadweep Group of islands:

Pay Level in Pay MatrixTravel Entitlement
9 and aboveHighest class
6 to 8Lower class if there be two classes only on the steamer
4 and 5In case of two classes only, then the lower class. In case of three classes, the middle or second class. In case of four classes, then the third class.
3 and belowLowest class

For travel between the mainland and the A&N Group of islands and Lakshadweep Group of islands by ships operated by the Shipping Corporation of India Limited:

Pay Level in Pay MatrixTravel Entitlement
Contnent R1C1Deluxe class
6 to 8First/'A' Cabin class
4 and 5Second/ 'B' Cabin class
3 and belowBunk class

Mileage Allowance for Journeys by Road

At places where specific rates have been prescribed-

Pay Level in Pay MatrixTravel Entitlement
14 or aboveActual fare by any type of public bus including AC bus Or
At prescribed rates of AC taxi when the journey is actually performed by AC taxi Or
At prescribed rates for auto rickshaw for journeys by auto rickshaw, own car, scooter, motorcycle, moped, etc.
6 to 13Same as the above with the exception that journeys by AC taxis will not be permissible.
4 and 5Actual fare by any type of public bus other than AC bus Or
At prescribed rates for auto rickshaw for journeys by auto rickshaw, own car, scooter, motorcycle, moped, etc.
3 and belowActual fare by ordinary public bus only Or
At prescribed rates for auto rickshaw for journeys by auto rickshaw, own car, scooter, motorcycle, moped, etc.

At places where no particular rates have been set by the Directorate of Transport of the concerned State or of the neighbouring states:

For journeys in own car/taxiRs. 24 per km
For journeys in auto rickshaw, own scooter, etc.Rs. 12 per km

Reimbursement of Travelling, Hotel, Food Charges

Reimbursement of travelling charges - For levels 8 and below, the claim may be paid without producing vouchers against self-certified claim only. The self-certified claim has to state the period of travel, vehicle number, etc. The ceiling for levels 11 and below will further increase by 25% whenever DA increases by 50%. In case of journeys by foot, an allowance of Rs.12 per km travelled on foot will be payable additionally. This rate shall further increase by 25% whenever DA increases by 50%.

Reimbursement of food charges - There is no separate reimbursement of food bills, instead, a lump sum amount is payable. Considering that the concept of reimbursement has been done away with, there is no need for vouchers. The lump sum amount shall rise by 25% whenever DA increase by 50%.

Reimbursement of hotel charges - For levels 8 and below, the claim amount may be paid without producing vouchers against self-certified claim only. The self-certified claim has to state the period of stay, name of dwelling, etc. Additionally, for stay in Class 'X' cities, the ceiling for all employees up to level 8 would be less than 1,000 per day, but it will only be in the form of reimbursement on the production of relevant vouchers. The reimbursement ceiling of hotel charges will further increase by 25% whenever DA rises by 50%.

FAQs on TIN and TAN

What is the time limit for submitting claims for travelling allowances?

As per the General Financial Rule (GFR)-2017, vide Rule 290 of GFR-2017, the time limit for making a claim for travelling allowance has been changed from one year to sixty days succeeding the date of completion of the journey.

What is daily allowance in 7th CPC?

Daily allowance is given to the government employees as a reimbursement for the cost borne by them on tour for stay, food and travel at that station.

What is the travel allowance entitlement of retiring employees?

Travel allowance in retirement comprises of four components - a) Travel entitlement for self and family, b) Composite Transfer and packing grant, c) Reimbursement of expense borne on transporting personal effects and d) Reimbursement of expense borne on transportation of conveyance.

What is the Composite Transfer Grant for retiring employees?

The Composite Transfer Grant is payable at 80% of last month's basic pay to employees, who after retirement, settle in places other than last station(s) of their duty, located at a distance of or more than 20 kms. In case of settlement to and from the island territories of Andaman, Nicobar & Lakshadweep, CTG shall be payable at 100% of last month's basic pay. NPA and IVSP shall not be included as part of basic pay while assessing entitlement for CTG. The transfer incidentals and road mileage for journeys to and from the residence and railway station/bus stand, etc., at the old and new station, are subsumed in the CTG and shall not be admissible separately.

What are the rates applicable for transportation of personal effects?

LevelBy Train or SteamerBy Road
12 and above6000 Kg by goods train/4 wheeler wagon/ 1 double container
6 to 116000 Kg by goods train/4 wheeler wagon/ 1 single containerRs. 50 per km
53000 kgRs. 25 per km
4 and below1500 kgRs. 15 per km

The rates shall further increase by 25% whenever DA rises by 50%.

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