Guidelines on Air Travel on LTC - Clarifications regard to purchase of Air Tickets...

No. 19024/1/2009-E.IV
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
***
New Delhi, dated the 16th September, 2010
Office Memorandum

Subject: Guidelines on Air Travel on Tours / LTC.

This Department is receiving repeated references seeking clarifications with regard to purchase of Air tickets through authorized 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 13.07.09.

(ii) 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.

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) dt. 02.12.09).

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 [DoPT OMs No. 31011/2/2003-Esst.(A-IV) dated 18.06.10 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.


Sd/-
(Karan Singh)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India




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DoP&T vide their letter no. 31011/2/2006-Estt(A) dated 11.03.2010 has clarified that restriction of travel by Air India only need not apply to non-entitled officers who travel by air and claim LTC reimbursement by entitled class of rail. This order has not been taken into account while issuing above guidelines. Is this not applicable now?.

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Travel to J&K insted of hometown is allowed to new recruits whom have 3 hometown and 1 all india LTC till 8 years of their service???

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Can travel From Any Station to J & K ?

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what happens to a ticket bought 3 months earlier from an approved Indian airlines agent.ZAO is non committal and not ready to understand the use of "May" in the notification.Moreover there is no office of Balmer &Lawrie and ashok Tours in places like Jaipur. Pl enlighten on sanjivirs@hotmail.com

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3500/- bonus is very less amount to purchase some thing for my children.

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I am a Central Govt. employee working in Delhi. I bought my Air tickets from an Indian Airlines approved IATA agent under LTC-80 scheme to visit Mumbai on 3.10.2010. In view of FM’s Order dated 16.9.2010, am I required to get my tickets cancel or go ahead. If I do not get my tickets cancelled and go ahead, will there be any problem in settlement of LTC claim. Kindly clarify immediately on rhsarma_5432@yahoo.com as departure dates are approaching fast. For your quick response, I shall be highly grateful to you. (Rajesh Sharma)

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Enjoy your LTC to Kashmir through Traveltech 16 Rani Jhansi Road, New Delhi-110055. Mobile 9810219900. We Issue ticket from Authorised of Government of India. And also avail package for 3 nights in Kashmir. Last date to avail is 17.6.2012.

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