Central government employees have been allowed a privilege as all those who failed to claim their benefit pertaining to LTC or leave travel allowance by May 31, 2021 can do so yet again. For the same, the ministry of Finance' DoE has come up with the clarification for its LTC cash voucher scheme.
In its notification, the ministry said to consider LTC settlement claims even beyond the due date. The office memorandum issued for the purpose by the Ministry of Finance said "Representations have been received in this Department to extend the date of settlement of bills/claims beyond 31.05.2021 in view of the situation existing due to the Covid-19 and difficulties being faced in settling the claims/bills. It has been decided that Ministries/Departments may consider settlement of those claims/purchases made on or before 31.03.2021 beyond the due date i.e. 31.05.2021."
It is to be noted that every year, settlement of LTC claim every year is to be done by March 31 but this year in view of the pandemic the date was extended to May 31 , 2021 as per the Office memorandum dated May 7, 2021.
Last year, the centre announced LTC cash voucher scheme. Now as it was difficult for CGS to travel and avail of the LTC advantage, they were allowed to allowed to get the same via cash voucher scheme wherein they were required to submit bills the concerned department and against it receive cash.
The special cash package was extended against LTC unclaimed for a period between 2018-21. Furthermore, for making the claim, bills can be in the name of the spouse or any other family member. Worth noting purchase needs to be via online mode with GST of 12% or higher from the date of notification of the scheme i.e. October 12, 2020 till March 31, 2021.