Central govt employees can now visit Jammu and Kashmir by private airlines on LTC
New Delhi: Central government employees have been permitted to travel to Jammu and Kashmir by private airlines till September this year, as per new Leave Travel Concession (LTC) rules.
The existing norms allowed them to travel by Air India only.
In 2014, the Centre had eased LTC rules to allow the employees to travel by air (only by Air India) to visit Jammu and Kashmir, northeastern states and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
For visiting Jammu and Kashmir, the government later decided to allow travel by private airlines under a special dispensation scheme.
The scheme was, however, valid for a period of one year that expired on November 27, 2015.
It has now been decided to extend the scheme for a further period till September 25, 2016, the Office Memorandum No.31011/7/2014-Estt.(A-IV) dated June 1 issued by the department of personnel and training said.
Air travel by private airlines is to be undertaken in economy class only, it said.
A central government employee gets to and fro journey cost reimbursement when he avails LTC.