Guidelines on Air Travel on Government Expense – MHA Clarification
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
North Block,New Delhi,
Dated November 03, 2017
Sub: Guidelines on Air Travel on Government Expenses-Purchase of Tickets from Authorised Agent-reg
The undersigned is directed to refer to Go 48-B wherein provision has been made in all cases of air travel, where Govt.of India bears the cast of air passage, the officials have to travel, where only by Air India.Further,Go 16 below the rule stipulates for purchase of air ticket directly from airlines (Booking counter or website of Airlines) or by utilizing the services of the authorized agents viz,M/S Balmer Lawrie & co.,M/S Ashoka Travels & Tours and IRCTC.Department of Expenditure, M/o. Finance time and again also stressed the need of travel by Air India and purchase of air tickets from permissible source, Recent in this row is there OM No.19024/22/2017E-IV dated 18th July 2017 (copy enclosed for ready reference)
2. Despite this MHA is frequently in receipt of proposals for relaxation of above rules citing reason of ignorance/ unawareness of the guidelines. Department of Expenditure has clarified to MHA henceforth relaxation on account of ignorance/unawareness of the guidelines would not be considered by them future.
3.It is accordingly, stressed upon all the offices/Division under the ambit of Integrated Finance Division of MHA to scrupulously follow the guidelines relating to air travel.
(Kumar Manoj Kashyap)
Under Secretary & AFA (Fin-II)