Removal of conditions of being at the CHQ for few days in a month to claim the Transport Allowance: Item No. 21/19/SC Standing Committee Meeting AGEN
Removal of conditions of being at the CHQ for few days in a month to claim the Transport Allowance: Item No. 21/19/SC Standing Committee Meeting
AGENDA DISCUSSED DURING THE STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 26.2.2021 – DECISIONS TAKEN
A. Unresolved Items of the Earlier SCM held on 7.3.2019
Item No. and Ministry / Deptt: Item No. 21/19/SC D/o Expenditure
Subject: Removal of conditions of being at the CHQ for few days in a month to claim the Transport Allowance
Decision in the Meeting of 7.3.2019: Joint Secretary (Personnel) stated that the Transport Allowance is granted for full month, even if an employee attend office for one day in a calendar month. However, when an employee remains away from Headquarters for full calendar month(s) on duty / tour, he does not get any Transport Allowance. Since the employee has no occasion to commute between place of duty/Headquarters and residence during such calendar month(s), grant of Transport Allowance for that calendar month(s) is not admissible and also not justified. Further, for such period when employee is sent away on duty/tour from his Headquarters to any other place, he
gets adequately compensated by grant of Daily allowance for that period. As per 6th and 7th CPC recommendations, Daily allowance is being given as reimbursement for hotel accommodation, food bill and local travel charges.
Staff Side demanded to revisit this demand on certain grounds.
Joint Secretary (Personnel) agreed to re-examine the matter.
Status as on 25.02.2021: Department of Expenditure has informed through their letter dated 16.02.2021 that the
1.Transport Allowance is paid to Central Govt. employees’ to compensates for the expenditure incurred for commuting both to and from between the place of duty and residence by the Govt. employee
2. Regarding admissibility of Transport Allowance during absence for more than one month from Hqrs on tour/training. It is stated that
(a) When an employee goes on tour, he gets Daily Allowance for that period which includes taxi charges to reach his destination from his place of stay
(b) When an employee goes for training which is treated as duty and where Govt. conveyance and TA/DA is not provided for attending the training Transport Allowance is admissible.
This item may be treated as closed.
Discussions/Decision on 26.02.2021: Secretary, Staff Side stated that this was a situation, sui generis, when the Government staff was forced to stay back at home due to non-availability of public transport and also due to fear of spread of corona.
It was agreed that this item may be treated as closed and a fresh agenda may be given by the Staff Side on this issue.
Hence, this item may be treated as closed.
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