Thanks for sharing the above information, it is very informative. I have a query in regards to the per diem for long term. Is there any rule/law which says what is a long term period. I mean you mentioned long term assignments are generally more than 3 months. I am asking this because I am placed on a long term more (currently it is more than 2 years). My employer is paying me salary in Indian Rupees and Per Diem for the period of my stay here. I am impacted only when I go on annual leave. When I ask about the salary raise he says I am already paid high salary (showing the Indian salary plus per diem) but when it comes to my paid annual leave, he doesn’t pay the per diem saying you are on leave so per diem is not applicable. My combined monthly salary (indian salary + per diem) is way less than what others get if they are paid only the international salary.
I wanted to know if there is any Indian Law which states Per Diem is applicable only for short term travel less than 3 months. Also what should be the minimum Per Diem to be paid when a person is deputed to work with their client in Middle East.