Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Govt gets tough with staff over flight bills

New Delhi: Officials may find it difficult to get their flight bills cleared if they fly on private airlines rather than on Air India without prior permission.
The government has made it clear that officials cannot cite "ignorance" or "unawareness" of the rule to clear their air bills for official tours.
Following a Ministry of Finance (MoF) communique, the Ministry of Home Affairs has asked its officials to fly in Air India only and warned that there will be no relaxation on ground that they were unaware of any such rules.
The MHA office memorandum comes against the backdrop of a surge in applications from officials who travel in private airlines to regularise the expenses.
As per rules, officials can use only Air India for official tours and they should book their tickets through the airlines' booking counter or its website or buy it from three authorised agents, including the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).
Citing the communique issued by the Department of Expenditure of MoF, the MHA has said despite repeated instructions, it is frequently receiving proposals for relaxation of rules after pointing out that they were ignorant or unaware of such guidelines.
07/11/17 Shemin Joy/Deccan Herald