Clarification regarding the term “availing of Passes/PTOs” by Railway Board
भारत सरकार GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
रेल मंत्रालय MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(रेलवे बोर्ड) (RAILWAY BOARD)
New Delhi, dated 28.07.2021
The General Managers (P)
All Zonal Railways & PUs
Sub: Clarification regarding the term “availing of Passes/PTOs”.
Ref Eastern Railway’s letter No.E.839/2/Policy/Ministerial Staff dated 06.05,2021.
With reference to Eastern Railway’s letter cited under reference, the interpretation for the term “availing of Pass/PTO” as.to whether it means drawal of Pass/PTO or performing actual journey, has been examined in the light of extant Pass Rules.
2. Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986 (Second Edition-1993) [i.e, Item No.3)xiii) of General Rules relating to Privilege Passes/PTOs under Schedule-II] stipulates that Privilege Passes and PTOs once issued; but not availed of can be credited back in special circumstances, to be recorded in writing, Thus the rule provision itself differentiates “issued/drawn Passes/PTOs” and “availed Passes/PTOs”. Accordingly it is clarified that drawl of Pass/PTO cannot be construed as availing of Pass/PTO. – Only if booking of ticket and travel is made on a Pass/PTO, it can be considered as availing of Pass/PTO for all purposes, unless specifically stipulated otherwise,
3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways.
(Mahesh Kumar Meena)
Joint Director Estt. (Welfare)