Guidelines on Air Travel on Official Tours/Leave Travel Concession (LTC) – Procedure for booking of air tickets on Government account
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 9th July, 2013
Subject: Guidelines on Air Travel on Official Tours/Leave Travel Concession (LTC)- reg.
Reference is invited to instructions issued by the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance from time-to-time regarding the procedure for booking of air tickets on Government account. As per existing procedure, Government officials/offices can book the air tickets directly from Airlines (at Booking counters/Website of Airlines) and if needed, by utilizing the services of authorized agents, viz. M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company Limited(BLCL) and M/s Ashok Travels & Tours(ATT) [Department of Expenditure OM No. 19024/1/2009-E.IV dated 16.09.2010 refers]. Air tickets for travel on LTC, to a limited extent, can also be get booked through Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation(IRCTC) [Department of Personnel & Training OM No. 31011/6/2002-Estt.(A) dated 02.12.2009 refers].
2. It has now been decided to include IRCTC as an authorized agent for the purpose of booking air tickets on Government account. Accordingly, if the services of a travel agent for booking air tickets on Government account is to be availed of, in addition to BLCL and A TT, the services of IRCTC can also be availed of.
3. All Ministries/Departments of the Government of India, etc. may accordingly bring these instructions to the notice of all concerned for strict compliance.
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India