Air Travel entitlements for journeys on tour or training; revision of instructions reg

Government of India/Bharat Sarkar 
Ministry of Railways/Rail Mantralaya 
(Railway Board)

RBE No.61/2018

No. F(E)I/2017/AL-28/41

New Delhi, dated 24.04.2018

General Manager,
All Indian Railways, PUs etc.
(As per Standard Mailing List)

Sub : Air Travel entitlements for journeys on tour or training; revision of instructions reg.

In partial modification of Board’s letters of even number dated 24.08.2017 & 25.09.2017 on the subject, it has been decided by Board to revise the Air Travel entitlements of railway officers for journeys on tour or training in the following manner:.

railway orders2. Further, in partial modification of Board’s letter of even number dated 25.09.2017, it has also been decided by Board that grant of Air Travel permission to officers on Indian Railways, either one way or two way, may be approved personally by GMs of Railways with the prior personal concurrence of PFA.

 3. As delegated vide pars 22 of Board’s letter No. F(X)II-2015/PW/7, dated 12.06.2017 of delegation of powers to GMs, these powers may be exercised personally by Chief Administrative Officer with the prior personal concurrence of PFA in case of COFMOW, New Delhi, DCW/Patiala and MTP/ Chennai.
4. The competent authority while approving Air Travel would apply his mind and consider whether the available train connectivity and time taken justifies the same. For example, while Delhi-Bangalore-Delhi may qualify for Air Travel, Delhi-Mumbai-Delhi can easily be covered by train comfortably. General Manager while using his discretion to permit one way or two way Air Travel may consider both the need of the journey and the urgency that necessitates Air Travel.
5. It may be ensured that permission for Air Travel is given judiciously and restricted only to absolutely essential official requirement that is recorded, subject to availability of budgetary provisions.

6. This has the approval of Board (FC & CRB).

7. These orders will take effect from the date of issue of this letter.

8. Please acknowledge receipt.

(Jitendra Kumar)
Dy. Director Finance (Estt.),
Railway Board.