On Tuesday, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) decided that officers who would like to claim to their LTAs can only produce an undertaking that they went for a journey without showing the original boarding passes along with TA claims.
The DoPT issued a circular saying, "It has been decided with the approval of the competent authority that in order to simplify the procedure of settlement of TA claims, the condition of submission of boarding pass along with settlement of TA claim is dispensed with... however, the officer concerned, preferring travelling allowance, will have to attach an undertaking along with TA claims that the journey, as mentioned therein, has actually been performed by him/her."
The circular was issued by the Director (Administartion) Shri Prakash that said, " in case of extreme doubt, the controlling officer may
be asked to verify the genuineness of the claim."
"Air tickets should be purchased only from the authorized travel agent of this Deptt. i.e. IVI/s Balmer Lawrie & Co. Ltd 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", it further said.
"The frequent flyer reward points from Air India may only be redeemed for the official tours of the Deptt", it added.