Provisions stipulated under the CCS (Leave) Rules, 1972 regulating Half Pay Leave to central Govt. employees are explained here under.
1. Entitlement [CCS Leave Rule – 29 (1)]
The half pay leave account of every Government servant (other than a military officer and those covered by Rule 28 ) shall be credited with half pay leave in advance, in two installments of ten days each on the first day of January and July of every calendar year.
2. Calculation of Half Pay Leave [CCS Leave Rule – 29 (2)]
(a) The leave shall be credited to the said leave account at the rate of 5/3 days for each completed calendar month of service which he is likely to render in the half–year of the calendar year in which he is appointed.
(b) The credit for the half-year in which a Government servant is due to retire or resigns from the service shall be allowed at the rate of 5/3 days per completed calendar month up to the date of retirement or resignation.
(c) When a Government servant is removed or dismissed from service or dies while in service, credit of half pay leave shall be allowed at the rate of 5/3 days per completed calendar month up to the end of the calendar month preceding the calendar month in which he is removed or dismissed from service or dies in service.
(d) Where a period of absence or suspension of a Government servant has been treated as dies non in a half-year, the credit to be afforded to his half pay leave account at the commencement of next half-year, shall be reduced by one-eighteenth of the period of dies not subject to a maximum of ten days.
3. Employees covered under Rule – 49 [CCS Leave Rule – 29 (3)]
A Government servant, who is eligible for Departmental leave under Rule 49, shall be entitled to half pay leave of twenty days on completion of twelve months of actual duty.
4. Medical Certificate [CCS Leave Rule – 29 (4)]
The leave under this rule may be granted on medical certificate or on private affairs.
5. Rounding-off [CCS Leave Rule – 29 (5)]
While affording credit of half pay leave, fraction of a day shall be rounded off to the nearest day.
6. HPL to Vacation Staff
Vacation staff were not entitled to any HPL vide DOPT O.M. No. 18011/3/80-Estt.(Leave), dated 03/09/1981, and Notification No. 18011/3/80-Estt.(L), dated 28/7/1984. The facility of HPL has now been restored to the vacation staff at par with other Government employees w.e.f 01/09/2008 as per Rule-29 vide DOPT O.M. No. 13013/2/2008-Estt.(L), dated 11/11/2008.
Note – Unlike EL, there is no maximum limit for HPL for accumulation in the Leave A/c of an employee.
Illustration – If an employee joins in Jan/July, Feb/Aug, Mar/Sep, Apr/Oct, May/Nov, Jun/Dec he is entitled for 8, 7, 5, 3, 2, and Nil HPLs, respectively for that half-year. Similarly, if an employee resigns (not on the last day) in Jan/July, Feb/Aug, Mar/Sep, Apr/Oct, May/Nov, Jun/Dec he is entitled for Nil, 2, 3, 5, 7, and 8 HPLs. However, if an employee resigns on the last day or due to retire in Jan/July, Feb/Aug, Mar/Sep, Apr/Oct, May/Nov, Jun/Dec he is entitled for 10, 8, 7, 5, 3, and 2 HPLs.