Purchase of Air Ticket from authorized agents – Guidelines on Air Travel on Official Tour : Railway Board order dated 08.05.2019

Purchase of Air Ticket from authorized agents – Guidelines on Air Travel on
Official Tour : Railway Board order dated 08.05.2019

Government of India/ Bharat Sarkar
Ministry of Railways / Rail Mantralaya
(Railway Board )

No. F(E)I/2016/AL-28/25

New Delhi, dated 08.05.2019
The General Manager,
All India Railways / PUs etc.
(As per Standard Mailing List)


Sub: Guidelines on Air Travel on Official Tour-Purchase of Air Ticket
from authorized agents reg.

Ref: Board’s letters of even number dated 21.09.2017, 22.12.2017 &
31.12.2018.

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In accordance with the instructions contained in the Ministry of Finance,
Department of expenditure’s O.M. No. 19024/22/2017-E.IV, dated 19.07.2017
guidelines regarding procedure of purchase of air ticket form authorized
travel agents etc. were circulated on Indian Railways vide Board’s letter
of even number dated 21.09.2017. These have also been re-circulated vide
Board’s letters of even number dated 22.12.2017 & 31.12.2018.
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2. It is however once again reiterated that the above mentioned guidelines
of Ministry of Finance should be strictly followed and in all cases of Air
Travel where the Government of India bears the cost of air passage, Air
Tickets may be purchased directly from Airlines (at Booking
counters/Office/Website of Airlines) and if needed, by utilizing the
services of three authorized Travel Agent viz. M/s Balmer Lawrie &
Company Limited, M/s Ashok Travels & Tours and IRCTC only.
3. Further, Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide their
letter No. 19024/22/2017-EIV dated 27.02.2018 has decided that all such
cases of air travel where tickets have been purchased after issue of MoF’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. Accordingly, it is advised that due compliance: of aforementioned instructions of Ministry of
Finance (Department of Expenditure) be ensured. 
4. Strict compliance of the letter may be ensured.
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5. Please acknowledge receipt.
(Basant K. Singh),
Executive Director Finance (Estt.),
Railway Board.
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