verify the genuineness of the claim, the same order said. “The matter (difficulties in producing boarding passes) has been considered and it has been decided with the approval of the competent authority that in order to simplify the procedure of settlement of T.A. claims, the condition of submission of Boarding Pass along with settlement of T.A. claim is dispensed with”, the order said.
But the order puts a rider. “However, the officer concerned, preferring Travelling Allowance, will have to attach an undertaking alongwith T.A. claims that the journey, as mentioned therein, has actually been performed by him/her. Other requirements, as per the established procedures will continue to be followed,” the order further said.
The order further reiterated that air tickets should be purchased only from the authorized travel agents viz. Balmer Lawrie and Co and at the cheapest rates after comparing the available fare from the websites of travel agents of repute. “If cheaper rates are available directly from Air India, the same can also be bought,” the order said.
Can a frequent flyer avail of the reward points for his perusal journeys? The order said “no”. “The frequent flyer reward points from Air India may only be redeemed for the official tours of the department”, the order further said.