Irregularities in payment of Transport Allowance during nation-wide lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic: Railway Board RBE No. 131/2022
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA/भारत सरकार
MINISTRY OF RAILWAY/ रेल मंत्रालय
(Railway Board) रेलवे बोर्ड
RBE No. 131/2022
New Delhi, dt. 17.10.2022
The General Manager, :
All Indian Railways & PUs.
Sub: Irregularities in payment of Transport Allowance during nation-wide lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Attention is invited to para 4(a) of Board’s letter dt. 03.08.2017(RBE No.80/2017) wherein it is stated that Transport Allowance will not be admissible for the calendar month(s) wholly covered by leave. Further, vide Ministry of Finance/ Department of Expenditure OM dated 01.12.2020, which has been circulated vide Board’s letter dated 03.12.2020 (RBE No.104/2020), the different situations during lockdown period under which Transport Allowance is not admissible have been clarified. During course of Audit it has been noted that irregular payments against Transport Allowance has been made by one of the Zonal Railway in violation of the clarifications communicated vide MoF/DoE OM dated 01.120.2020. In this context, it has further been recommended as under :-
“Railway Board may get the issue examined in various Zones/other offices, to assess whether similar nature of irregular payment towards Transport Allowance has been made, and effect recoveries under intimation to Audit”.
2. In view of the above Zonal Railways and PUs may assess the payments made against Transport Allowance to the employees during the nation-wide lockdown period and if any irregular payment has been made, remedial action may be taken to recover the same.
3 An action taken report may be furnished to Board’s office at the earliest.
4, Hindi version is enclosed.
(Sudha. A. Kujur)
Dy. Director/Pay Commission