Special Cash Package equivalent in lieu of LTC Fare – FAQ – 4 by Finmin

Special Cash Package equivalent in lieu of LTC Fare – FAQ – 4 by Finmin

Special Cash Package equivalent in lieu of LTC Fare – FAQ – 4 by Finmin

No.12(2)/2020/E-II.A
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi
Dated 10th March, 2021

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Clarification regarding queries being received in respect of Special Cash Package equivalent in lieu of Leave Travel Concession Fare for Central Government Employees during the block 2018-21.

The undersigned is directed to say that this Department has been receiving a number of queries relating to Special Cash Package equivalent in lieu of Leave Travel Concession Fare for Central Government Employees during the block 2018-21 announced by the Government on 12th October, 2020. Three sets of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have already been clarified vide this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 20th October 2020, 10th November 2020 and 25th November 2020 on the subject mentioned above.

2. A further set of frequently asked questions have been clarified and are attached herewith at Annexure-‘ A’.

3. This issues with the approval of Competent Authority.

(Sunil Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

All Ministries/Departments of the Government of India.

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Annexure – ‘A’

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ-4)

S.NoQueryReply
1Whether the full and final settlement of the bills pertaining to LTC Cash Scheme is also to be ensured  by   31st   March,   2021, without any scope of spill over to the next financial year?As far as possible, the claims should be made and settled well before 31st March,   2021,  Ministries/ Departments may consider settlement of only those claims/ purchases made on or before 31st March, 2021 beyond the due date, i.e. 31st March, 2021.
2Whether payment detail of digital instrument used for making payment against this scheme is to be   furnished   by the  employee, along with the claim?It is clarified that it is for the competent authority of concerned Deptt/PAO to decide on additional document for checking the veracity of claim.
3Is the scheme admissible if payment is made digitally through friend, relative or any  other person?It has already been clarified in point 12 of the FAQ issued vide O.M No. 12(2)/2020-E.II.A dated 20.10.2020 that for digital payment an employee can use  credit card of himself/herself, spouse or any family member.
4For newly recruited officials having three Hometown LTC and one all India LTC, can they avail Special Cash Package for year 2020 in 2021 (upto 31.03.2021) if item is purchased after 31.12.2020 but before 31.03.2021, that is without prior intimation to office?A newly recruited employee, whose LTC expires in December, 2020 which remains unutilized, may be allowed to claim the cash package in lieu of that LTC till 31st March, 2021.
5Portion of the payment was made in cash as against digital payment for the entire transaction. Whether this will be eligible under the Scheme?The portion of digital payment may be allowed to be reimbursed subject to other conditions  as  contained  in  the O.M. dated 12.10.2020.
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    RAUSHAN KUMAR March 11, 2021

    Seeking clarification in respect Special Cash Package equivalent in lieu of LTC/HTC deemed fare for Central Government Employee during block 2018-21 (FAQ No.6 of OM dated 20.10.2020) for deemed fare between Andaman & Nicobar Islands and mainland sector- reg.
    संदर्भ/Ref: (i) OM F.No.12 (2)/2020-EII (A) dated 12.10.2020
    (ii) OM F.No.12 (2)/2020-EII (A) dated 20.10.2020
    (iii) LTC OM No.31011/8/2017-Estt.A-IV dated 19.09.2017
    (iv) Order No.34 dated 19.03.2020 of Directorate of shipping services, Andaman and Nicobar Administration

    In pursuance to Department OM F.No.12 (2)/2020-EII (A) dated 12.10.2020 and OM dated 20.10.2020 some clarification on following points may be provided.
    The Reply as per FAQ No.6 of OM dated 20.10.2020 given as “The deemed fare has been calculated based on the normal eligibility of an employee and the special packages would not be applicable for this scheme”.
    Here special package means travel by Air would not be applicable for the scheme, but as per Para No. 03 of LTC OM dated 19.09.2017 and Travelling Allowance OM dated 13.07.2017 normal eligibility entitlement for travel between Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the mainland sector up to level 8 of the Pay matrix is by ship in LTC/HTC case. So, the deemed LTC/HTC fare of ship is being proposed as per following table as provided in Order No.34 dated 19.03.2020.

    Pay Level
    Travel entitlement
    Ship fare for one way per person
    (Fixed fare not fluctuate)
    Proposed Deemed LTC/HTC fare per persons (Round Trip)

    9 and above
    Deluxe Class
    11860
    23720 (Also entitled for travel by Air)

    6 to 8
    First/A Cabin Class
    9835
    19670

    4 and 5
    Second/B Cabin Class
    7820
    15640

    3 and below
    Bunk Class
    3055
    6110

    Further, as per Para 2(c) of Cash Package OM F.No.12(2)/2020-EII(A) dated 12.10.2020, deemed fare provided for Travel entitlement to business class, economy class of airfare and Rail fare of any class but not provided deemed fare for travel entitlement to Ship fare.

    As there is no connectivity of train between mainland and Andaman & Nicobar Islands, and Ship is the normal eligibility for travel up to Pay Level 8 between the sectors. So, the deemed fare may be provided for cash package between Islands and mainland sector.

    2. Further if Home Town of an employee is at Point C, and the employee is entitled for the journey from place of posting i.e. Point A to Point B in Ship and from Point B to Point C in Train, as per their entitlement then how to calculate deemed fare from Point A to Point C.

    Similarly if Home Town of an employee is at Point C and the employee is entitled for journey from place of posting i.e. Point A to Point B in Train, and Point B to Point C by Air as per their entitlement as there is no direct connectivity by air from Point A to Point C, then how to calculate deemed fare from Point A to Point C.