The State government officers, even of junior ranks, can now enjoy Air travel when on official trips. The finance department has relaxed its rules regarding eligibility for air travel, ahead of the launchi

ng of inter- state air service from September 7. The service is being launched with the help of private players.

The first air service will start between Bhopal and Gwalior and it would be further extended to other cities.

Now the officers in the scale of Rs. 18400- 500- 22400 or above are entitled for air travel. Earlier, only officers of class II rank or above were entitled to travel by air and the government reimbursed the bills if the visit was for official purpose.

For promoting private air connectivity within big cities in the state, the government, under a policy, has invited private air agencies for launching the operation. The government will underwrite the cost of four seats in each flight in the 10- seater aircraft, the policy says.

The government officials visiting cities like Jabalpur or Indore frequently for official purpose will be benefited more by the decision. The Finance department recently amended the rules regarding entitlement for officer to officers by air.

Officers getting grade pay Rs 6600 per month can now use air travel facility.

They will have to inform their HoD and get permission from him. Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Gwalior and Satna will now be connected by Air.

Ventura Air Connect Pvt Ltd has offered to operate the first service between Bhopal and Gwalior. Two more private airlines are in the process to start the operation.

” Three private airlines have offered to provide services as per the policy,” said MP Tourism Development Corporation chairman Mohan Yadav.

State government will also provide rebate in VAT on fuel to private airlines engaged in state air service operation.

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