The Tamil Nadu government has decided to suspend encashment of Earned Leave for its officials, teachers and other staff and has also frozen their dearness allowance at the current level till July 2021.
Under the current rules, Government employees and teachers can surrender and encash 15 days every year or 30 days every two years of their Earned Leave. The government has suspended this facility, initially for a year, in view of the fiscal stress arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Government Order
All surrender requests and bills pending as on date irrespective of their stage of Sanction and disbursement shall not be processed. In cases where sanction orders have been issued, they are to be cancelled and Earned Leave re-credited to the leave account of the respective employees," said the order issued by State Chief Secretary.
In some relief for Centre government employees who couldn’t avail of the full benefit due to the COVID-induced lockdown in 2020, the Union government announced three new decisions in an Office Memorandum (OM) dated January 7, 2021, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
The Min. Finance vide its OM No. F.No. 12(2)/2020-EII(A) dated 12.10.2020 had announced special cash package equivalent in lieu of LTC Fare for central government employees during the block 2018-2021.
With a view of compensate and incentivize consumption by central government employees there by giving boost to the consumption expenditure, it has been decided that cash equivalent to LTC comprising leave encashment and LTC fare of the entitled LTC may be paid by way of reimbursement, if an employee opts this for one LTC in the block 2018-2021 considering that the employees are not in position t5o avail LTC for travel any place in India or their home towns in the said block owing to current pandemic and national lockdown.