A DoPT memorandum has been issued extending the LTC relaxation norm for North-East for 2 years. According to the DoPT office memorandum dated April 30, 2012, the extension is for
two years beginning May 1. The special concession for the North-East was first spelt out in May 2008, and it was extended again in 2010.
North Eastern states compete with each other through innovative tourism campaigns to woo domestic and international tourists. The governments of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim have always initiated major campaigns to woo tourists whereas Assam of late has joined the bandwagon by launching a rhino-man campaign.
In relaxation of CCS (LTC) Rules 1988, the Government has decided to permit Government servants to travel by air to North Eastern Region on LTC as follows:-
(i) Group A and Group B Central Government employees will be entitled to travel by Air from their place of posting or nearest airport to a city in the NER or nearest airport.
(ii) Other categories of employees will be entitled to travel by air to a city in the NER from Guwahati or Kolkata.
(iii) All Central Government employees will be allowed conversion of one block of Home Town LTC into LTC for destinations in NER.
(c): Every year 10% of the total plan allocation of the Ministry of Tourism is mandatorily earmarked for releasing funds to the States of the North East Region. This apart, following special dispensations are given to the North Eastern States:
(i) Under the scheme of product/infrastructure development of destinations/circuit, budget accommodation, restaurants, etc. are allowed to the States of North East Region, selected places of J&K and Eco Tourism projects only.
(ii) For organizing fairs & festivals 100% central financial assistance is allowed to the North Eastern States & the State of Jammu & Kashmir only.
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