The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has recently modified instructions for booking air tickets in respect of Leave Travel Concession (LTC) for the central government employees. In an Office Memorandum dated October 20, 2023, DoPT mentioned the following instructions:-
a) LTC Rule while booking flight tickets through authorised travel agents
While booking flight tickets for LTC, all three authorised travel agents — Balmer Lawrie & Company Limited (BLCL), Ashok Travels & Tours (ATT), and Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTC) will display the details of the flight having the cheapest fare and the flight(s) having the fare 10% more than the cheapest fare only, in the desired time slot. “Therefore, the booking of air ticket for the purpose of LTC on the website of these three authorised travel agents shall itself be a proof that the ticket booked by the individual government employee was of the cheapest fare as provided under the guidelines,” said DoPT. b) ‘LTC’ will be marked on tickets
All three authorised agents will indicate the word ‘LTC’ on tickets issued for the LTC journey.
c) LTC rule: When you need to take a printout of the ticket
“In all cases wherein the non-entitled Central Government employees are to travel by air under Special Dispensation Scheme directly from their Headquarters/place of posting to the place of visit in NER/AJ&I/A&N/Ladakh, the Government employees shall continue to take the print-out of the concerned webpage having flight and fare details of the flight for relevant railhead viz. Kolkata/ Guwahati/ Delhi’/Amritsar/ Chennai/ Vishakhapatnam to the place of visit viz. NER or UT of J&K or UT of Ladakh or UT of A&N within the same time slot where the direct flight has been booked for the purpose of reimbursement,” DoPT said.
“In case the flight tickets are not available in the same slot, the printout of the details of the flights available in the next slot may be retained for the purpose of settlement of claims, as provided under Point (ii) of the title “Provisions for Reimbursement” in OM dated 29.8.2022, referred to above,” it added.
Further, all three authorised travel agents have also been directed to allow the registration of those employees who do not have official email accounts provided their administrative office sends their details depicting their names, employee code no., private email IDs and mobile numbers, etc. to the travel agents to book the air tickets in respect of LTC, as per the OM.
LTC for Central Govt Employees: From where should you book your tickets?
Here are the links to the three authorised travel agents —
(i) Balmer Lawrie & Company Limited, BLCL (https://govemp.balmerlawrietravelapp.com),
(ii) Ashok Travels & Tours, ‘ATT’ (https://www.attitdc.in) and
(iii) Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd., IRCTC (https://www.air.irctc.co.in).
DoPT said that it has been receiving several representations seeking clarifications on issues relating to the settlement of claims, particularly of those government employees who have not retained the screenshot of the concerned webpage of the authorised travel Agents (ATAs) during the booking of air tickets, as provided under the OM dated 29.8.2022 referred to above. It has also advised all the ministries or departments to inform the employees again that any misuse of LTC will be viewed seriously and appropriate action will be taken against the defaulting employees.