Left leaders top claiming air-travel expenses prefer business-class with non-sense provision of one-fourth air-fare as Dearness Allowance

Kashmir Times. Dated: 12/12/2019 8:10:30 PM

Dear Editor,
It refers to media-reports that Parliamentarians Ritabrata Banerjee (CPM) and D Raja (CPI) surprisingly top in claiming air-travel expense of rupees 6924335 and 6504880 respectively with public-exchequer bearing total rupees 1315933692 as air-travel expenses claimed by Parliamentarians during fiscal-year 2016-17. Reports indicate that most Parliamentarians prefer travelling through First Class or Business Class of aeroplanes having additional non-sense provision of one-fourth of air-expense as Dearness Allowance.
Rule should be that all those travelling at public-expense including Parliamentarians, Public-Sector-Undertakings (PSUs) and autonomous bodies must be allowed air-travel only in economy-class. Exemption may only be for President, Prime Minister, Vice President, Governors, Lt Governors and judges of Supreme Court and High Courts. Even ministers in the Centre or in states or those enjoying status of Judges of higher courts like Election Commissioners must be allowed only economy-class air-travel. Non-sense provision of providing one-fourth air-travel expense as Dearness Allowance to Parliamentarians should be immediately abolished.
Largest domestic airliner Indigo has only one economy class, and top officers travelling through Indigo have no other option than to travel in economy class. There is no reason that they may not travel in economy class in other flights. Rather planes imported for domestic flights should be allowed to have only economy class like in Indigo. Frequent-Flyer-Points given by different airlines should be accumulated in accounts of public-authorities paying for tickets to be compensated in cash to respective public-authorities.
—Subhash Chandra Agrawal,
1775 Kucha Lattushah
Dariba, Chandni Chowk Delhi.



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