The Ministry of Finance vides its letter No. 19030/3/2008-E IV. Dt. 22.01.09 clarified that the employee can claim D.A. either at the new rules by producing food bills or at the old rates available prior to Sixth Pay Commission. In other words, officers may choose to be governed either by orders dated 22.09.08 or dated 17.04.98 in regard to daily allowance on tour.