The finance ministry said on Friday that for all air travel that the government covers the cost of, tickets will be purchased from one of three agents – Balmer Lawrie, Ashok Travels & Tours and IRCTC.
In a memorandum from the office, the finance ministry’s expenditure department said the decision was made in light of Air India’s divestment.
“In all cases of air travel where the Indian government bears the cost of air passage, air tickets must be purchased from the three authorized travel agents, namely Balmer Lawrie & Company Limited (BLCL), Ashok Travels & Tours (ATT), Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC), âhe said.
The choice of the travel agency for the reservation of the ticket by the individual ministry / department will depend on the quality of the service provided, ie additional facilities. excess baggage., ease of cancellation and rescheduling, the expense department said.
The administrative departments of the three authorized agents will also ensure that the three agencies, in addition to providing facilities through dedicated staff, also offer the ability to book tickets directly through an app as a feature on their site. Web, especially for central government employees stationed in areas of the country where the services of licensed travel agents may not be readily available.
The Ministry of Spending in a 2009 ordinance stated that in cases of air travel (both domestic and international), including LTC where the Indian government bears the cost of air passage, officials can only travel by Air India.
After its decision to sell Air India to the Tata group for ??18,000 crore, the government in October asked ministries and departments to immediately pay dues to heavily indebted Air India and now buy tickets only in cash.
The government is seeking to complete the process of selling Air India to the Tata Group by next month.
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