What is Earned Leave?
Earned leave shall be credited to the Government servant’s leave account at a rate of 2½ days for each completed calendar month of service which he is likely to make in a half-year of the calendar year of his appointment.
How to Calculate Earned Leave?
On the first day of January and July of each calendar year, the leave account of each government servant (other than a military officer) working in a department other than a vacations department shall be credited in advance with received leave in two installments of 15 days each.
While limiting the maximum o 300 days, where the balance at credit is 286-300 days, further advance credit of 15 days on 1st January / 1st July will be kept separately and set-off against the EL availed during that half-year ending 30 June or 31 December.
However if the leave availed is less than 15 days, the remainder will be credited to the leave account subject to the ceiling of 300 days at the close of the half year.
Earned Leave can be accumulated up to 300 days in addition to the number of days in which encasement has been allowed along with LTC.
While affording to credit, fraction of the day should be rounded off to the nearest day . Ex. 2½ days to be rounded as 3 days.
Some Points about Earned Leave.
Only at the rate of 2½ days per completed calendar month up to the date of retirement or resignation will the credit be given for the half-year in which a government servant is due to retire or resign from the service.
When a servant of the government is removed or dismissed from service, the credit of the received leave shall be allowed at the rate of two and a half days per completed calendar month up to the end of the calendar month preceding the calendar month in which the servant is removed or dismissed.
When a Government Servant dies while in office, the credit of the received leave shall be allowed at the rate of 2½ & half days per month of service performed up to the date of the Government Servant’s death.
If a government servant has taken advantage of extraordinary leave and/or has been treated as dies non in a half-year, the credit to be granted to his leave account at the beginning of the next half-year shall be reduced by 1/10th of the period of such leave and/or dies not subject to a maximum of fifteen days.
Earned leave can be availed up to 180 days at a time. — Rule 26(2)
An earned leave may be granted to a Government Servant of Class I of Class II or to a Government Servant referred to in the Exception to sub- (1) for a period exceeding 180 days but not exceeding 300 days in addition to the number of days for which encashment was permitted in combination with Leave Travel Concession while in service, if the entire leave so granted or any part thereof is spent outside India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Pakistan.
Earned Leave can be taken at a time up to 300 days as leave preparatory to retirement.