Guidelines on Air Travel on Official Tours: Railway Board Order dated 19.02.2019
Government of India/ Bharat Sarkar
Ministry of Railways / Rail Mantralaya
New Delhi, dated 19.02.2019.
The General Manager,
All India Railways etc.
(As per Standard Mailing List)
Sub: Guidelines on Air Travel on Official Tours.
Ref: Board’s letters of even number dt. 16.05.16, 17.10.16, 22.08.17, 21.09.17 & 22.12.2017.
In accordance with the instructions. contained in the Ministry of Finance, Department of expenditure’s O.M. Nos. 19024/1/2009-E-IV, dated 13.07.2009, 16.09.2010 & 28.07.2011 on the subject, as communicated by Ministry of Civil Aviation, certain guidelines (alongwith the proforma seeking relaxation, as issued by MoF) were circulated vide Board’s letter of even number dated 16.05.2016 regarding grant of permission to travel by airlines other than Air India for official air travel (both domestic and international) by railway officers. The guidelines, were reiterated and re-circulated time and again for strict compliance vide Board’s letters of even number dated 17.10.16, 22.08.17, 21.09.17 & 22.12.17.
2. In terms of MoF OM No, 19024/1/2009-E.IV, dt. 07.06.2016 (para-2 of Annex-A), the request for relaxation must be submitted to Finance Directorate at least 07 working days in advance from the date of travel. However, it has been observed in most of the cases that the request for relaxation/permission is submitted to Railway Board at the eleventh hour, leading to escalation in the prices of Air Ticket. In some of the cases, even the post-facto permission is sought.
3. It is therefore once again advised to all Indian Railways / PUs that the request for relaxation/permission must be submitted to Railway Board at least 07 working days in advance from the date of travel, in the prescribed proforma, also indicating the Fax Number. Timely processing will also avoid the need for any post-facto approval of relaxation.
4. Please acknowledge receipt.
Deputy Director Finance (Estt.)-I