Crores for economy, Festive Scheme for Sarkari Babus; Is this FM Sitharaman’s gift?

Speaking about the leave travel policy, Sitharaman said, “Central government employees, in a block of four years – between 2017-18 and 2020-21 – employees would have normally availed of one leave travel concession for any destination of their choice plus one visit to their hometown. If they didn’t choose leave travel to one destination of their choice, they would usually go twice to their native village. This would mean air or rail fare as per their pay scale is reimbursed to them. In addition, they also get ten days of leave encashment, which they pay tax on. The travel fare is tax exempt.”

Elaborating on what changes with the new system, she explained, “Many of them don’t want to (travel) because of COVID-19. Instead, what we are offering is to give the money to them based on three slabs – as per government rules and procedures – they could spend

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