Relaxing Leave Travel Concession (LTC) rules, the Centre will now reimburse full train fare incurred by its employees on purchase of tickets for their children aged between five and 12 years.
The move comes after Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) received several references from various ministries seeking clarification as to whether the full fare charged by the railways for reservation of berth for children between 5 years and 12 years should be reimbursed or not while availing LTC facility.
The matter has been examined in consultation with Department of Expenditure, Finance Ministry and it has been decided that for the family members of the government servant, aged between 5 years and under 12 years, the actual rail fare shall be reimbursed for LTC, as per the choice of rail tickets purchased by the government servant, an order issued by the DoPT said.
Ministry of Railways had earlier decided that in case of children above 5 years and under 12 years of age, for whom full berth or seat is sought at the time of reservation, full fare shall be charged.
The order said if a berth or seat has not been sought for such children at the time of reservation, then half of the adult fare shall continue to be charged. This would be effective for travel with effect from April 10, this year.
As per norms, a government employee gets to and fro journey cost reimbursement when he avails LTC.