Leave Encashment for Central Government Employees while availing LTC – Eligibility, Extent of Benefit and Procedure to be followed
Important aspects of Leave Encashment:
1. Apart from Earned Leave Encashment up to 300 days payable on retirement, Rule 38A of CCS Leave Rules provides for Encashment of 60 days of salary in entire service while availing LTC by Central Government Employees.
2. One Spell for availing Leave Encashment should not exceed 10 days.
3. Leave Encashment is allowed only if the employee concerned is availing Leave Travel Concession (LTC)
4. The number of days for which Leave Encashment is claimed will be deducted from Earned Leave account
5. Number of days for which Leave Encashment is claimed and number of days for which Employee proceeds on LTC by availing Leave need not be same.
6. Similarly there is no linkage between nature of leave applied for availing LTC and Leave Encashment. Any leave including Casual leave which is allowed to be availed for the purpose of LTC can be utilised.
7. It is applicable both for All India LTC and Home Town LTC.
Leave Encashment – Developments:
Before the issue of Office Memorandum No: 14028/7/97-Estt.(Leave) dated 7.10.1997, there is no concept of claiming Leave Encashment while in service.
Encashment of Earned Leave up to a maximum of 300 days was allowed only at the time or retirement. When a Government Servant quits service or resigns, the encashment was restricted to a maximum of 150 days.
To the benefit of Central Government Employees, OM dated 07.10.1997 issued by DOPT, paved the way for encashment of Leave while proceeding on LTC. It allowed Leave Encashment up to 10 days in one spell when employees opt to travel using LTC. The maximum of such leave encashment shall not exceed 60 days during the entire service. There was also a condition in the OM dated 07.10.1997 that encashment of leave for LTC and at the time of retirement combined together should not exceed the maximum limit of 300 days.
While Govt thought it was extending a benefit of leave encashment while service, it failed to get much reception from the employees on the very count that leave encashment while in service would reduce the retirement benefit.
Later, by issue of Office Memorandum F.No: 31011/4/2008-Estt.(A) dated 23.09.2008 on implementation of Sixth Pay Commission recommendations, Govt had done away with the restriction of Leave Encashment beyond 300 days. Now, the leave encashed at the time of LTC will not be deducted from the maximum amount of earned leave encashable at the time of retirement.
Now, Central Government Employees can avail
In the year 2009, procedure for availing Leave Encashment on LTC was further relaxed by issue of clarification in Office Memorandum No: 14028/4/2009-Estt.(L) dated 03.06.2009. It was clarified that Central Government Employees can avail leave encashment without any linkage to number of days and nature of leave applied when availing LTC.
So, an employee can apply for any type of leave including casual leave entitled to LTC claim when they opt for Leave Encashment on LTC by deduction of Earned Leave account. Also the number of days during which the employee was leave while availing LTC need not be same as the number of days for which Leave Encashment is claimed.
How to apply for Leave Encashment for on LTC ?
Central Government Employees availing Leave Encashment on LTC will have to apply for the same along with Intimation for availing LTC or application for claiming advance amount while proceeding on LTC
Use the following format to claim Leave Encashment.
What if I apply for Leave Encashment after I proceeded on LTC ?
In the compilation of frequently asked questions on various types of leave available to Central Government Employees (No. 21011/08 / 2013-Estt(AL) dated 25.03.2013), it is clarified that normally leave encashment sanction needs to done in advance, at the time of sanctioning the LTC. However, there is a possibility of ex-post- facto sanction of leave encashment on LTC by the sanctioning authority in exceptional and deserving cases within the time limit prescribed for submission of claims for LTC.
Other instructions / clarifications on Leave Encashment on LTC are as follows
Leave Encashment on LTC after implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations:
There is no change in the provisions relating to Leave Encashment on LTC after implementation of 7th Pay Commission report by Govt. The Commisision recommeded for continuation of Leave Encashment on LTC without any change.