New Delhi, Oct. 16: The finance ministry has asked all ministries, departments and autonomous organisations funded by the government to buy air tickets directly from Air India counters or its website to save on agent commission. The move is part of the government’s austerity drive.
“All ministries/departments are again advised that, as far as possible, air tickets on government account may be obtained directly from Air India/Airlines (booking counters/offices/website),” the ministry said in a circular.
If it is not possible to obtain tickets directly from the counters, they can be procured from three authorised travel agents — Balmer Lawrie & Company, Ashok Travels & Tours and Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation.
The PSU travel agents are allowed to levy a facilitation fee of Rs 100 per ticket for the domestic sector and Rs 300 for the international sector to book tickets on behalf of the government. The ministry had earlier asked all officials to travel in the economy class, except “officers in the apex scale”.