Government officers will now no longer require to take permission from the Civil Aviation Ministry to travel in airlines other than Air India for official assignments. 

The power to grant exemption for traveling in airlines other than Air India has been now delegated to financial adviser of respective ministry or department. 

As per a July 2009 order, in cases of air travel, both domestic and international, wherein government bears the cost of air passage, officials have to travel in Air India only. 

For cases of air travel by other airlines because of operational, other reasons or on account of non-availability, the powers were vested with Ministry of Civil Aviation to accord exemption in individual cases. 

The Finance Ministry, in an office memorandum, said the matter was examined in consultation with the Ministry of Civil Aviation. 

"Accordingly, powers are hereby delegated to the Financial Advisers of the Ministries/Departments to accord exemption for air travel, both domestic and international, by airlines other than Air India," the note said. 

In case of autonomous bodies, the financial advisers of the concerned ministry/department will accord exemption for air travels, it added. 

Individual cases of financial advisers for travel in airlines other than Air India will be approved by the secretary of the concerned ministry.


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The Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by the Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha is all set to meet on Saturday (June 11) to finally process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.

The Empowered Committee of Secretaries is functioning as a Screening Committee to process the recommendations with regard to all relevant factors of the Commission in an expeditious detailed and holistic fashion.

Government had earlier decided to set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha in January this year to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

Media reports further state that after getting final nod from the Empowered Committee of Secretaries, Finance Ministry will take only a few days to implement the higher pay package for central government employees.


As per reports, the secretaries group has recommended a minimum and maximum pay between Rs 2,70,000 and Rs 21,000. This is twenty thousand more in the upper limit and three thousand more in the lower level, recommended by the Commission in November last year.





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The Empowered Committee of Secretaries, who is processing the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, is likely to recommend a 30 per cent increase in the central government employees’ basic pay and minimum basic pay to Rs 24,000 per month, the biggest real-terms rise but not enough to restore employees’ pre-financial crisis value.


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