Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Army, Navy, IAF personnel can use private airlines to return to units, will be reimbursed

New Delhi: The Department of Military Affairs (DMA) has said Army, Navy and Air Force personnel — stranded at various locations because of limited available transport during Covid-19 lockdown — will be allowed a one-time relaxation to use private airlines to get back to their units.

According to a communication to the three service chiefs on 12 June, the relaxation will be valid for a month — from 10 June to 10 July.
Any ticket, which the government partly or fully reimburses in normal circumstances, has to be purchased from Air India through an authorised travel agency or website. The fare is reimbursed on producing the ticket and boarding card as proof of journey.

Until around 2009, service personnel and government officials could travel by any airline according to their entitled class. The then UPA government later made it mandatory for them to travel only by Air India.
15/06/20 Amrita Nayak Dutta/Print
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