Government of India
Ministry of Finance
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 27th February, 2018
Subject: – Guidelines on Air Travel on Official Tours — Purchase of air ticket from authorized agent.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Departments’ O.M. No. 19024/22/2017-E.IV dated 19.07.2017 regarding guidelines on Air travel where the Govt. of India bears the cost of passage. As per this O.M., Ministries/Departments were asked to ensure that these instructions are given adequate coverage and were to be circulated to all so that ‘lack of knowledge’ of the rules is not cited as an excuse. In spite of these instructions, a large number of cases for relaxation of air travel guidelines due to purchase of air ticket from unauthorized travel agents, are still being received in this Department.
2. The matter has been re-considered and it has been decided that all such cases of air travel where tickets have been purchased after issue of this Department’s O.M. dated 19.07.2017, seeking relaxation of air travel guidelines pertaining to purchase of air ticket from authorized agent, should have the approval of Secretary of the Administrative Ministry before referring the same to Department of Expenditure.
This is issued with the approval of Secretary Expenditure.
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India