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The government today said it had extended the facility that allowed its employees to visit Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the northeast while availing leave travel concession (LTC) facility by two more years till September 25, 2022.

According to a statement issued by the personnel ministry, the eligible Central government employees get reimbursement of tickets for to and fro journey, besides paid leave, when they avail the LTC.

Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said an entitled government official could avail the LTC for visiting Jammu and Kashmir, the northeast, Ladakh and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in lieu of his hometown LTC. He went on to add that in addition, the facility of air journey for the non-entitled government servants would also be available for visiting the said places.

“As a further convenience, the ease of travel permission is also being granted to undertake journey to these areas by private airlines, whereas normally a government servant is expected to travel by the state-owned Air India,” Singh said.

In relaxation to the Central Civil Services (LTC) Rules 1988, the scheme allowing government servants to travel by air to visit the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, and other designated places, has been extended for a period of two years till September 25, 2022, the government said in the statement.

Describing this as a huge and an exclusive facility for government employees, Singh said all eligible government servants could avail the LTC to visit the said places against the conversion of their one hometown LTC in a four-year block.

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