The rules and rates for claiming TA for transportation of personal effects have been revised. The discussion on the same has remained quite heavy on the chat box and hence I thought of providing the link to the latest changes. The new letter issued by the Ministry of Finance on the subject can be accessed by clicking here.
A friend has pointed out a very pertinent anomaly in the said dispensation, here it is in his own words :
“Different rates have been prescribed for X & Y class cities on one hand and Z class cities on the other hand. This has created an anomalous situation where personnel posted from a Z class city which is further away than an enroute Y class city will get a lesser amount. For example, if a person (eg Sub Maj) drawing grade pay of Rs. 4800 is posted from Udhampur (Z class) to Delhi, he will be entitled to Rs 11592 as the distance between these cities is 644 Kms. Another Officer of same Rank when posted from Jammu to Delhi (distance 620 Kms) will be entitled to Rs.18600/-. It may be noted that hiring of truck/transport from Udhampur to Delhi is always more expensive than hiring it from Jammu to Delhi. The situation becomes more absurd if these Officers are posted to far away places like Guwahati. The distance of Guwahati from Jammu and Udhampur is 2315 Kms and 2381 Kms respectively. The entitlement works out to be Rs.69,450/- and Rs.42858/-. The lower entitlement from a farther away place on same route is clearly anomalous.”
A very valid point. Perhaps it is time for another clarification and amendment to the original OM. The ibid clarification has taken about two years, let’s see how much one has to wait for this one…