Facilitation Fee levied by authorized travel agents on air tickets book on Government Account
Office of the PCA(Fys)
10A, S.K.Bose Road,
Kolkata – 700 001
Sub: Facilitation Fee levied by authorized travel agents on air tickets book on Government Account.
A Copy of Gol,MoF,DoE,OM no.19024/1/2012-E-IV, dated 5/9/2014 on the above subject alongwith Balmer Lawrie Co.Ltd. Letter dated 3/1/2015 is forwarded herewith for your information and guidance, please.
Government Of India
Ministry Of Fiance
Department Of Expenditure
North Block,New Delhi
Dated the 5th September, 2014
Subject: Facilitation Fee levied by authorised travel agents on air tickets booked on Government account – withdrawal regarding.
Attention is invited to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 10th October, 2013 wherein the authorised travel agents namely M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company Limited (BLCL). M/S Ashok Tracels & Tours (ATT) and Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTC), were allowed to levy Facilitation Fee @ 100/- per ticket for domestic sector and 300/- per ticket for international sector for air travel, wherein Government of India bears the cost of air passage.
2. The issue has been re-examined in consultation with the Ministry of civil Aviation and Department of Legal Affairs. in the light of provisions of the Aircrafts Rules, 1937, as amended from time to time, and it has been decided to withdraw this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 10th October, 2013 with immediate effect. Consequently, no fee/service charges (by whatever nomenclature), which are not included in the tariff charged by Air India/Airlines are required to be paid to the authorised travel agents.
3. Payment to the authorsed travel agents for the Bills raised by them for air tickets procured/purchased till date in respect of air travel already undertaken or due to be undertaken,would be regulated as per O.M.of even number dated 10.10.2013 It is reiterated that, as far as possible, air tickets on Government account may be obtained directly from Air India Airlines (booking counters/offices/website) and if obtaining tickets directly from Air India/Airlines is not possible. should the services of authorised travel agents be availed of.
4. All Ministries/Department are advised to bring these instructions to the notice of all concerned for compliance.
Principal controller of Accounts (FYS)
10A, S K Bose Road
Kolkata – 700 001
Kind attention:Mr. Nabarun Dhar, JT.controller of Accounts (AN)
Kindly refer to your letter ref.No.2078/AN-VIII/TA-DA/BL dated 16/10/15, Please note that in accordance with GOI,MoF,DoE OM No.19024/1/2012-E.IV, dated 05/09/2014, we are not charging any service charge/Facilitation Fee/Processing Fee etc. in our bill.
But SERVICE TAX, EDU,Cess & High Edu. Cess, are Govt, Statutary Taxes which are chargeable if your purchase any ticket for an agency and we are regularly depositing this service taxes to the service tax authority vide service tax registration no.AABCBO984EST, which is already mentioned in our bill.
Hence you are kindlly requested to make payment of service taxes accordingly.
For Balmer Lawrie & Co.Ltd.,
Sr.Branch Manager (Travel & vacations)
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