Transport Allowance is an important salary element for government employees. A remarkable amount is being added to the segment of allowances in the salary structure! We have here compiled some important pieces of information for government employees on the topic of Transport Allowance.
The rate of Transport Allowance for Central Government employees will be increasing two time in a year! Whenever the revision of Dearness Allowance, the rate of Transport Allowance also revised according to the hike of percentage of Dearness Allowance! The Central Government has revised the Dearness Allowance for Central Government employees from 1st July 2022. The DA rate is increased from 34% to 38%. According to the hike of DA, the rate of Transport Allowance is revised accordingly!
|Pay Matrix Level||Higher TPTA Cities||Other Places|
|Pay Matrix Level 9 and above||Rs. 7200 + 38% of 7200||Rs. 3600 + 38% of 3600|
|Pay Matrix Level 3 to Level 8||Rs. 3600 + 38% of 3600||Rs. 1800 + 38% of 1800|
|Pay Matrix Level 1 and Level 2||Rs. 1350 + 38% of 1350||Rs. 900 + 38% of 900|
|Pay matrix level 14 and above = Rs. 15750 + DA or Availing Official car|
What are TPTA Cities for the purpose of Transport Allowance?
19 Cities are classified under Higher TPTA Cities for the purpose of Transport Allowance. The TPTA city list is given below: 1. Ahmedabad (UA), 2. Bengaluru (UA), 3. Chennai (UA), 4. Coimbatore (UA), 5. Delhi (UA), 6. Ghaziabad (UA), 7. Greater Mumbai (UA), 8. Hyderabad (UA), 9. Indore (UA), 10. Jaipur (UA), 11. Kanpur (UA), 12. Kochi (UA), 13. Kolkata (UA), 14. Kozhikode (UA), 15. Lucknow (UA), 16. Nagpur (UA), 17. Patna (UA), 18. Pune (UA), 19. Surat (UA).
What are Other Places for the purpose of Transport Allowance?
The Central Government has notified the list of TPTA cities for the purpose of Transport Allowance to Central Government employees. All cities and towns other than the TPTA cities are categorized as ‘Other Places’.
The Transport Allowance at double the normal rates is admissible to Hearing Impaired employees (Loss of 60 decibels and more) also in addition to employees who are both deaf and dumb. As per the Finance Ministry order issued on 12th July 2018,tThe Transport Allowance at double the normal rates shall be admissible irrespective of whether the eligible Government employees are residing within campus (housing the place of work and residence) or residing in a Government/ Private accommodation within one kilometer of the office.
The recommendation of the Head of ENT Department of a Government Civil Hospital and fulfilment of other conditions in respect of other disabilities mentioned in Department of Expenditure order No.19029/1/78-E-IV (B) dated 31st August, 1978 read with O.M. No.21(2)/2008-EII(B) dated 29.8.2008.
Physically disabled employees as mentioned in DoE Order dated 31st August 1978 visually impaired, orthopedically handicapped, deaf and dumb/hearing impaired spinal deformity, shall continue to be paid Transport Allowance at double the normal rates. Employees who have visually impaired, orthopedically handicapped, deaf and dumb/hearing impaired, spinal deformity. Employees will get a recommendation certificate from the Head of the orthopedics department, Head of the Ophthalmologist Department, and Head of the ENT Department of a Government Civil Hospital.
In the 6th CPC regime, employees who are drawing pay in the band Rs.7440 and above in Grade Pay of below 4200, were eligible for a higher Transport allowance of Rs.1600 instead of Rs.600 in A1/A Cities and Rs.800 instead of Rs.400 in Other Places.
The 7th pay commission did not mention this aspect in its report. After long deliberation, Govt accepted the demand and issued orders on 2.8.2017.
The order said, Central Government employees who are drawing pay of Rs.24200 & above in Pay Level 1 & 2 of the Pay Matrix, shall be eligible for grant of Transport Allowance @ Rs.3600/- plus D.A. thereon at the cities mentioned in the Annexure to the above-cited OM. and @ Rs.1800 plus D.A. thereon at all Other Places.
The Transport Allowance has been revised for the pay level 1, pay level 2 and pay level 3 after the minimum TA amount by the Central Government! The below table has described the changes in TA rates for pay matrix level 1 and level 2
|7th CPC Level||TPTA Cities||Other Cities|
|Level-1 (GP 1800) and Level-2 (GP 1900)|
|Level – 1||1350 + DA||900 + DA|
|3600 + DA (24200 and Above)||1800 + DA (24200 and Above)|
|Level – 2||1350 + DA||900 + DA|
|3600 + DA (24200 and Above)||1800 + DA (24200 and Above)|
|Level-3 (GP 2000) to Level-8 (GP 4200)|
|Level – 3||3600 + DA||1800 + DA|
|Level – 4||3600 + DA||1800 + DA|
|Level – 5||3600 + DA||1800 + DA|
|Level – 6||3600 + DA||1800 + DA|
|Level – 7||3600 + DA||1800 + DA|
|Level – 8||3600 + DA||1800 + DA|
|Level-9 and Above (GP 5400 PB-2 and Above)|
|Level – 9||7200 + DA||3600 + DA|
|Level – 10||7200 + DA||3600 + DA|
|Level – 11||7200 + DA||3600 + DA|
|Level – 12||7200 + DA||3600 + DA|
|Level – 13||7200 + DA||3600 + DA|
Transport Allowance for Matrix Pay Level 1 and Pay Level 2
Rs. 24,200 – Matrix Pay in Levels 1 and 2 is a magic number!
Transport allowance is one of the major elements in salary package for Central Govt employees including Railway employees. Transport allowance is paid annually from a minimum of Rs. 12,000 to a maximum of more than one lakh according to their grade and post.
The allowance will not be admissible for the calendar month(s) wholly covered by leaves. The allowance will not be admissible during the period of deputation abroad. If an employee is absent from the Headquarters /Place of Posting for full calendar months due to a tour, he/she will not be entitled to Transport Allowance. During that/those calendar months. However, if the absence does not cover any calendar month(s) in full, Transport Allowance will be admissible for a full month.
During training treated as duty. The allowance may be granted during such training, if no Transport Facility, Traveling Allowance, or Daily Allowance is provided for attending the training institute. During the Official tour of his 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 will be admissible when the period of such training covers the whole calendar month.
During inspection/survey duty by Members of Special Parties within the city but exceeding 8 km. 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 both to and from between the 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.
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 a vacation spell, including all kinds of Leave, covers the whole calendar month.
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 the full calendar month(s). This position will hold well even if the suspension period is finally treated as duty. Where the suspension period covers a calendar month partially, Transport Allowance payable for that month shall be reduced proportionately.
To Whom and When Travelling allowance is not admissible?
1. Central government employees who have been provided the Government facility of Staff Car Transport.
2. Absence from duty during a full calendar month, will not be admissible Transport allowance.
Central Government constituted a Committee under the Chairmanship of the Finance Secretary to examine the recommendations of the 7th CPC on Allowances. The Allowance Committee submitted its report on 27 April 2017 to Government.