Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
Dated the 9th August, 2010
2. In this context, Department of Expenditure have clarified as follows : -
(a) In their OM F.No. 7(1)/E.Coord/2008 dated 01.10.2008 instructions have been issued regarding :-
(i) Buying the cheapest fare in Economy/Business Class travel, preferably by getting information through the internet. (ii) Using Corporate Coupons for EconomylBusiness Class travel through proper planning and coordination.
(b) Instructions for travel on Government account only by Air India were thereafter issued on 13.07.2009. Subsequently, vide OM dated 01.10.2009, all the Ministries/Departments were notified about the ackages/concessions offered by Air lndia for Government of India Officials. All the above instructions were intended to effect economy in the matter of expenditure on air travel by Government of India officials, while on tours.
(c) In regard to whether the free companion ticket offered by Air India while on domestic official tour can be availed of, it may be noted that free companion tickets are provided by the Air lines for domestic travel against full fare tickets only. Purchase of full fare tickets defeats the purpose of instructions issued.
3. It is, therefore, clarified that Government of India officials are not expected to purchase full fare Air tickets but instead avail of - (a) the coupon supersaver booklets being offered by Air lndia for Government of India officials as notified vide the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) OM dated 1st October, 2009; (b) Supersaver scheme for Business class; or (c) go in for the cheapest Air India fare. In the circumstances, free companion/spouse ticket offers in the case of domestic travel, which are made on payment of full fare, cannot be availed of.
4. Accordingly, all Ministries/Departments are advised to ensure compliance of the instructions by all Government servants in this regard.
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India