Central Government Employees who had book flight/train tickets for LTC journey, but couldn't perform the journey can now get the cancellation/reschedule charges reimbursed. An Office Memorandum (O.M.) dated 07-01-2021, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) states that the respective Ministries or Departments are delegated the power to reimburse the cancellation/ reschedule charges of air/train tickets, as a one-time relaxation.
During the lockdown period, airlines had to cancel the scheduled flights. During this period, all domestic flights within India were cancelled but certain airlines have charged the cancellation charges against the pre-booked air tickets. In such a situation, many Government employees who had booked LTC tickets in advance for that period are facing financial difficulties in view of the high cancellation amount charged by the airlines.
In many cases, the airlines instead of refunding the ticket charges, kept the booking amount in the form of ‘credit shell’, allowing passengers to travel again within a year. Due to this, the employees could not settle the LTC advance drawn.
The Ministries of Personnel had received several requests from employees for providing relief in both cases. The Central Government Employees had sought relief in the form of one-time relaxation for reimbursement of the cancellation charges. They had also sought an extension of time limit for settlement of LTC advance and exemption of penal interest till such date the journey is performed by them. The Central Government has accepted both requests of employees and issued instructions in this regard to various ministries and departments.