Changes in Central Government Scheme for Adventure Sports’ Promotion

The Central Government of India has been allowing its employees to join trekking expeditions since 1985. The government offered up to thirty days special casual leave (S.C.L.) per calendar year for the expeditions. The rules were however changed over a period of time. The government not only introduced a financial incentive for participating in adventure activities but also expanded range of adventure activities in 2015. The total number of the activities increased from mere one (1) in 1985 to seventeen (17) in 2015.

This scheme is called Scheme for Promotion of Adventure Sports & Similar Activities amongst Central Government Employees (SPASSACGE) 2015.

The SPASSACGE 2015 was continued in 2016-18.

SPASSACGE 2016-17

The Government made the following changes in the scheme on April 26, 2016:

It extended the list of approved institutes organizing adventure activities. The revised list has total ten institutes. The four new members are

  1. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (H.M.I.), Darjeeling, West Bengal
  2. Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering (J.I.M.), Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir
  3. National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (N.I.M.A.S.), Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh
  4. Youth Hostel Association of India (Y.H.A.I.), New Delhi

While revising the scheme, the purpose for S.C.L. has been changed from sporting events to adventure sports and similar activities.

The SPASSACGE 2015 document had quoted the two related official memorandums (OMs):

  1. OM No. 6/1/1985-Estt(Pay-I) dated July 16, 1985: As per this memorandum central government employees are entitled to up to thirty days S.C.L. per calendar year to participate in sporting events.
  2. OM No. 6/1/1985-Estt(Pay-I) dated November 7, 1988

The third memorandum was added to the SPASSACGE 2016:

The OM No. 6/3/2015-Estt(Pay-I) dated February 29, 2016  extended the S.C.L. eligibility mentioned in OM No. 6/1/1985-Estt(Pay-I) dated July 16, 1985 to the adventure sports and similar activities.

S.C.L. Instructions, 2007

In 2007, the government servants were entitled to S.C.L. of up to thirty days per calendar year to participate in only two adventure activities: mountaineering and trekking expeditions approved by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (I.M.F.).

S.C.L. Instructions, 1989

According to the OM No. 28016/3/89-Estt(A) dated October 25, 1989, the government servants could also take S.C.L. (30 days/calendar year) for trekking expeditions organized by Y.H.A.I. and expeditions approved by I.M.F.

S.C.L. Instructions, 1985

In 1985, the government servants were allowed to use S.C.L. (30 days/calendar year) for only one adventure activity (trekking) as per the OM No. 28016/2/84-Estt(A) dated April 11, 1985.

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