FLYING to Goa for a holiday with your family during this new year eve! Your airfare along with rail and road fare will be reimbursed under leave travel concession (LTC) provided you choose a package offered by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a government of India undertaking under the ministry of railways. In fact, the finance ministry has now allowed LTC packages of IRCTC, including the component of air travel, to be reimbursed for Central government employees.
Significantly, the government had earlier issued a number of circulars changing its stand on LTC reimbursement for government employees when it launched an austerity drive. The business class travel was no longer to be eligible for reimbursement, and LTC air travel had to be done by Air India alone.
The IRCTC has now been offering tour packages involving air travel in the sectors like Delhi - Leh, Delhi - Srinagar, Jaipur -Goa, Calcutta - Port Blair etc. which could now be availed of by government employees as well.
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