Saturday, September 03, 2011

Instructions on booking of tickets from an agency other than the authorized travel agents.

Air tickets may be purchased directly from Airlines (at Booking counters/Website of Airlines) or by utilizing the services of Authorized Travel Agents viz M/S Balmer Lawrie & Company, M/s Ashok Travels & Tours. In the event of air journey being performed by private airlines on Tour/LTC…

Controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt-110010

IMPORTANT CIRCULAR

No. AN/XIV/14162/TA/DA/LTC

Dated 24- 8-2011

To

All PCsDA/CsDA


Sub: Instructions on booking of tickets from an agency other than the authorized travel agents.

Attention is invited to Ministry of Finance, Deptt of Expenditure. OM No. 19024/1/2009-E.IV dated 16.9.2010 reiterating guidelines on Air Travel on Tours/LTC, circulated vide this HQrs office circular bearing No.AN/XIV/VIth CPC/Circular/Vol-IV dated 16/09/2010.

2. Recently, several cases have been received in this HQrs office seeking clarification on admissibility of TA/DA/LTC claims, on journeys performed by Air India/Private airlines by officers, on Tour/LTC by purchasing air tickets through a private travel agent other than Balmer Lawrie & Company and M/s Ashok Travels & Tours in violations of the guidelines laid down in Ministry of Finance, Deptt of Expenditure, OM dated 16/09/2010.

2. In this connection it is once again reiterated that in terms of the provisions contained in MoF, Deptt. of Expenditure OM dated 16/0912010, air tickets may be purchased directly from Airlines (at Booking counters/Website of Airlines) or by utilizing the services of Authorized Travel Agents viz M/S Balmer Lawrie & Company, M/s Ashok Travels & Tours. In the event of air journey being performed by private airlines on Tour/LTC, by seeking deviations from Ministry of Civil Aviation, the bookings of tickets is also required to be done invariably through the authorized travel agents only.

3. Ministry of Finance, Deptt of Expenditure, to whom the matter was referred for clarification on the matter have reiterated that the guidelines as laid down in MoF, Deptt of Exp OM dated 16/09/2010 have to strictly complied with.

4. In view of what has been brought out in preceding paras, it is once again reiterated and enjoined upon all concerned that the guidelines laid down in Ministry of Finance, Deptt of Expenditure, OM dated 16/09/2010, regarding air travel and booking of air tickets through the authorized travel agents only, on tour/LTC, have to be strictly complied with. Further in the event of travel by private airlines, where the necessary deviation has or is being sought from Ministry of Civil Aviation, due to non-availability of Air India flights, it may also please be ensured that the bookings for travel on tour/LTC is also done through the authorized travel agents only.

5. The contents of this important circular may please be given wide publicity and brought to the notice of all concerned serving under your office/organization. It may also be brought to the notice of all concerned that no requests for deviations from the above provisions will be entertained by this HQrs office.

6. Please acknowledge receipt.

sd/-
(R.P. Singh)
Dy. CGDA (AN)

Source: www.persmin.nic.in
[http://www.cgda.nic.in/adm/ltcticket240811.pdf]

Finance Ministry Order


Copy of DOPT  Office Memorandum No. 19024/1/2009-E.IV dated 16th September, 2010 regarding Guidelines on Air Travel on Tours/L.T.C.: 

This Department is receiving repeated references seeking clarifications  with regard to purchase of Air Tickets through authorised agents and relaxation for travel by Airlines other than Indian Airlines. 

The following guidelines may be noted for compliance:

1. On Official Tours:
(i) For travel by Airlines other than Air India because of operational or  other reasons or on account of non-availability of Air India Flights, individual cases for relaxation to be referred to M/o Civil Aviation, as stated in this Ministry’s OM No.19024/1/2009-E.IV dated 13.7.09.

(ii) Air Tickets may be purchases directly from Airlines (at Booking counters/Website of Airlines) or by utilizing the services of  Authorised Travel Agents viz. M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company, M/s Ashok Travels  & Tours.

2.  LTC:
(i) Travel by Air India only.

(ii) In Economy class only, irrespective of entitlement.

(iii) LTC-80 ticket of Air India only to be purchased.

(iv) Air Tickets may be purchased directly from Airlines (at Booking counters/Website of Airlines) or by utilizing the services of Authorized Travel Agents viz. M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company, M/s Ashok Travels & Tours and IRCTC (to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DoP&T OM No.31011/6/2002-Estt.(A) dated 2.12.09).

3. LTC for J&K:
(i) Relaxation to travel by Private Airlines to visit J&K while availing LTC is available to all the categories of Govt. employees, including those entitled to travel by Air(DoP&T OM No.31011/2/2003-Estt.(A-IV) dated 18.6.10 and 05.08.10 refer).

(ii) For purchase of Air tickets, however, the procedure as given under para 2(iv) above should be followed.

4. All Ministries/Departments of Govt. of India are requested to strictly adhere to these instructions.

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24 comments:

Anonymous said...

CAN AIRLINE TICKET BE BOOKED AT MAKEMYTRIP.COM?

Anonymous said...

I am working with centralgoverment and want to avail LTC.
I have already booked tickets through Make My Trip.
Can you help me in this regard.

Fernandes said...

As per the OM dated 16 september 2010 clause iv under LTC ‘Air Tickets may be purchased directly from Airlines (at Booking counters / Website of Airlines) or by utilizing the services of Authorized Travel Agents viz. M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company, M/s Ashok Travels & Tours and IRCTC. Pl clarify whether air tickets cannot be purchased from websites like ‘makemytrip.com, yatra.com’ etc

Anonymous said...

tickets can be purchased but charges paid to make my trip etc (generally Rs 250/-per ticket) will be deducted from your claim

Anonymous said...

As per the order of 4th march 2011, which states that Air India fares lower than LTC80 is valid. so does it mean that one can purchased normal Airindia ticket directly from website. no need of LTC80 quota stamp on ticket? please clarify this.

Anonymous said...

I am a Central Govt. employeee. Can I travel from Srinagar to Delhi through private airlines in lower fare than LTC 80 fare on LTC to J&K In liew of All India LTC(2010-2013)?

Anonymous said...

I am a Central Govt. Employee intend to visit J&K in lieu of All India LTC for the block yr. 2010-13. Can I avail Private Airlines with lower fare than LTC 80 fare from Srinagar to Delhi?

Anonymous said...

You can travel through private airlines only if you are visiting Jammu & Kashmir. All other destinations have to be travel by air india only.

Anonymous said...

can anyone let me know what is the entitlement for travelling in rajdhani express. My grade pay is 2400.

Anonymous said...

I have got tickets booked from air india official site for availing LTC the tickets are not of LTC fare but cheaper than this of the fare on that day. Is this in order pl let me know

Anonymous said...

Your purchase of ticket is not in order. You have to purchase ticket under LTC 80 scheme even if it is costing you more.For example Air india flight ticket is cheaper when purchased through makemytrip than Air india official website yet you have to purchase ticket through Air India directly or through its official agents. Reason best known to the policy makers.

Anonymous said...

This is in response to reply to query dated 07.10.2011, 9.23 PM,
Any ticket purchased through authorised Agent of Air India, or through Air India website or its counters, is a valid ticket in terms of order dated 4.03.2011 provided that the total fare is less then the LTC80 fare irrespective of the fact that whether it is purchased under LTC80 or normal ticktet.

Sunil Kumar said...

I am working in a school. I have purchased my air tickets from an agent other that Balmer Lawrie 7 Ashok Travels. Will I get reimbursement for the fare spent? How do I pursue my case for reimbursement.
Skumar

Shruti said...

I am working Delhi Govt. Service.Whereas my spouse is working in a purely a private school(DPS).My spouse`s organisation provides LTC, Children education allowance etc. as my organisation does.If I avail LTC for block 2010-11, do I need any certificate from my spouse office for not having availed LTC.kindly clarify.
Can we both claim children education allowance?

Anonymous said...

Central govt. has introduced new health insurance scheme for the employees. The employees of an autonomous body fully financed by MHRD are not covered by CGHS but they are medically covered otherwise.Will they be included in the new insurance scheme automatically or do they have to apply for it ? Is there any relief for the retired or retiring employees, they do not get any medical cover after the retirement.

Anonymous said...

Guidelines issued by Addl. Dte Gen of Movement/Mov C letter No 12647/LTC/Mov C dated 27-9-10 & 4-4-11, can somebody upload these letters please.
Accts offrs are not passing the air ticket fare booked by private travel agents , which were performed in Jun 11 .
They are quoting these have been stopped From )1 Jan 11.
Can someone through light on rules position.

Anonymous said...

I am central government employee working in Dept. of Space. I am availing LTC to J&K. I have booked my tickets from bangalore to sringagar from authorizied agent i.e. M/s. Balmer Lawrie. Bangalore to Delhi is booked in Air India flight and Delhi to Srinagar is booked through Spicejet. Now my question, what fare am I entitled to when I travel from Delhi to Sringar through private airlines. Balmer Lawrie has issued the tickets, and the fares are as per LTC-80 fares. Kindly clarify

Anonymous said...

I am a Central Govt. employee and have already availed air journey upto Jammu from New Delhi on LTC in the block year 2006-09.
I would like to know whether I can again avail air journey from New Delhi to Srinagar on LTC in the block year 2010-13. Kindly give reply soon.

Anonymous said...

This in response to the comment at March 6, 2012 5:08 PM, Yes you can again avail LTC in the current block year of 2010-13 from New Delhi to Srinagar by air as is feasible under the LTC rules revised.

Anonymous said...

We both husband & wife are working in central govt. in Delhi. I want to avail home town LTC for the block year 2010-11(extended). Inspite of my declaration that my spouse is not availing LTC for the above block, my office is asking certificate from my spouse office. Please clarify is there any rule regarding the same

Mangovind said...

I am a central govt employee and my grade pay is Rs. 5400.I have already booked my Air ticker for J&K from a IATA agent issued by Jet Airways. Please clarify whether the fare reimbursable? Further, I am flying directly from Ranchi to Delhi then Delhi to Srinagar but while returning flying through Jammu.Whether the fare reimbursable?

Anonymous said...

Friends, AIR tickets must be purchased directly either from the counter or website of the airlines. It may also be purchased through authorised agents only, viz. M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company, M/s Ashok Travels & Tours and IRCTC.

Anonymous said...

Jet Airways and Jet Connect are also providing LTC-80 tickets . Whether they are providing genuine tickets .

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