Can an employee avail meal coupons and allowances while being on special leave?
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Life Insurance of Corporation (LIC) of India seeking details of the meal coupons and the special sports allowance awarded to employees of LIC during the sports tournaments organized by Organization other than the LIC of India. The Public Information Officer (PIO) provided some information to the appellant.
During the hearing the before Central Information Commission (CIC), the PIO submitted that they will provide a copy of the relevant circular to the appellant. The appellant stated that the said circular does not cover the special situation under which he is granted special leave while being treated on duty for participating into tournaments other than those held by LIC. The appellant also stated that he has not been given any sports allowance during those periods or any meal coupons even though he was on duty at that time. He also pleaded to have copy of the circular/rules in this regard.
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The Commission directed the PIO provide a copy of the rules under which an employee of LIC can participate in sports events / tournaments other than those held by LIC for which special leave is granted while taking the employee to be as on duty and allowances admissible to him.
Citation: Mr. Ajay Singh v. LIC of India in Appeal: No. CIC/DS/A/2012/001666
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1197
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