Transport Allowance in COVID lock down period

Can anyone share the OMs/orders on Transport Allowance for COVID lockdown period and after lockdown?

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No specific instructions/guidelines were issued by the DoPT for admissibility of Transport Allowance during lock down period. Generally, these issues are dealt with at the level of Head of the Office in accordance with the extant TA rules. The following letters of different departments corroborates this.
Letter From CGA dated 8th July 2020.pdf (129.1 KB)
covid_11_20052020.pdf (770.9 KB)

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Can an employee eligible to get Transport Allowance when all government offices are advised to work from home during COVID i.e. April, May, June?

Please clarify in two cases if employee had left headquarters and not left headquarters during the above period.

If, proper advise is given by Govt.Offices/ Officer through a CIRCULAR/ Officer Order to work from home. In this case, employees are eligible to get TA during this period. But, So far there are no DOPT orders w.r.t TA.

But, Basic principle of the Transport Allowance is, if you attend the duty even One Day in a calendar month by your own means, you should get TA.

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Can you quote the rule under which this principle is laid down?

Refer DoPT OM dated 07.07.2017

3. Admissibility of Transport Allowance during the following circumstances:-

(a) During leave: The allowance will not be admissible for the calendar month(s) wholly covered by leave.
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So, the basic principle to be eligible for TA is that the employee should either be on duty or on leave, but not on leave for the entire month, right?

3. Admissibility of Transport Allowance during the following circumstances:-

(a) During leave: The allowance will not be admissible for the calendar month(s) wholly covered by leave.

(b) During deputation abroad: The allowance will not be admissible during the period of deputation abroad.

© During tour: If an employee is absent from the Headquarters/ Place of Posting for full calendar month(s) due to tour, he/she will not be entitled to Transport Allowance during that/those calendar month/months. However, if the absence does not cover any calendar month(s) in full, Transport Allowance will be admissible for full month.

(d) During training treated as duty: The allowance may be granted during such training, if no Transport Facility/Travelling Allowance/Daily Allowance is provided for attending the training institute. During official tour in the training course, the allowance will not be admissible when the period of the tour covers the whole calendar month. Also, during training abroad, no Transport Allowance will be admissible when the period of such training covers the whole calendar month.

(e) During inspection/survey duty by Members of Special Parties within the city but exceeding 8 kms. from the Headquarters OR during continuous field duty either in or outside the Headquarters:

Transport Allowance is given to compensate for the expenditure incurred for commuting for both to and fro between place of duty and residence. In case when one gets Road Mileage/ Daily Allowance or free transportation for field/inspection/survey duty or tour for a period covering the whole calendar month, he/she will not be entitled to Transport Allowance during that calendar month.

(f) To vacation staff: Vacation staff is entitled to Transport Allowance provided no free transport facility is given to such staff. However, the allowance shall not be admissible when such vacation spell, including all kinds of leave, cover the whole calendar month(s).

(g) During suspension: As a Government employee under suspension is not required to attend office, he/she is not entitled to Transport Allowance during suspension where suspension covers full calendar month(s). This position will hold good even if the suspension period is finally treated as duty. Where suspension period covers a calendar month partially, Transport Allowance payable for that month shall be reduced proportionately.

Yes, correct.

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Payment-of-Transport-Allowance-to-Railway-Employees-working-from-home.pdf (568.8 KB)

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