NEW DELHI: Government of India 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 GoI 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 J&K, 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, an order 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 government employee gets to and fro journey cost reimbursement when he avails LTC.
The GoI has been incentivizing its employees’ travel to J&K to boost tourist inflow because tourism is generally projected as a sign of normalcy in the embattled state.