Follow us on
Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » India
CIC asks MEA to disclose details of Air India bills for Prime Ministers' foreign trips

Tuesday February 27, 2018 7:49 PM, News Network

Modi Air India 1

New Delhi: The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to make public the information about travel bills Air India raised on foreign trips undertaken by the country’s Prime Ministers for the financial years 2013-14 to 2016-2017.

Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Radha Krishna Mathur in an order dated February 21, 2018 directed the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to share the information with Right to Information (RTI) applicant Commodore Lokesh K Batra within 30 days.

Rejecting the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) request that making public the details was not possible as the records were scattered and voluminous, Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Mathur to collate the bills and provide the details to Commodore Lokesh K Batra.

Lokesh Batra had sought details of expenses incurred on air travel by Air India in respect of foreign visits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, details of process, procedure and steps involved in chartering flights for prime minister's foreign trips, and filing 'flight returns' and raising bills and invoices and clearing bills on completion of the visit and copy of bills.

Lokesh reached Central Information Commission after his request was turned down by the Prime Minister Office (PMO) which said the records pertaining to flights of the Prime Minister contain information which has security issues and hence it is exempted from disclosure under section 8(1)(g) of the RTI Act.

Commodore Lokesh Batra contended that he had filed the RTI after he came across figures to show that the travel bills of Prime Ministers were not cleared for three or more years, with Air India and the taxpayers bearing the brunt of the delay. The interest lost was born by taxpayers, and hence he decided to find out exactly what were the costs incurred to Air India as well as to the public at large.

Stating taht unpaid bills/invoices raised by Air India are likely to raise its debt liabilities as these bills are yet to be cleared, Commodore Lokesh in his argument before the CIC pointed out that Air India in itself was a “cash-strapped airline that does not make money. Therefore, delay in settling these bills would also include sizeable interest figure(s), which needs to be paid at the expense of tax payers’ mone.”

For all the latest India News, download App

Select Langauge To Read in Urdu, Hindi, Marathi or Arabic

Share this page
More Headlines
Infosys named Leader in Applications Management, Digital Operations Services
JNU Entrance Exam result for Admission 2018 declared online
Bollywood diva Sridevi dies of cardiac arrest at 54
Aurangabad Ijtema begins with enthusiasm, and amid controversy
Shah Rukh Khan shows Arnab Goswami why they call him 'King of witty remarks'
Bharti Airtel, Huawei test run 5G service in India
Anaesthesia, Surgery can affect memory of patients
From 2019, NCRET syllabus to be reduced by half: HRD Minister
Will not spare anyone, Modi says days after looters fled the country
International Apparel and Textile Fair IATF Dubai Spring/Summer edition in April 2018
CBSE UGC NET July 2018 Information Bulletin released online
EC merely watches as basic ethics in elections decline: VC NALSAR University
Girl student beheaded outside school in Madhya Pradesh
SC rejects students' plea seeking age relaxation for NEET 2018
Not wink, Science page has got this Yemeni 16 million followers on Facebook
BJP reduced to 99, Gujarat Minister blames butchers, those opposing triple talaq bill
AMU organises national seminar on ‘Marathi: Its Correlation with Other Languages’
Army Chief's comments similar to ones made by BJP, RSS spokespersons: AIUDF
Banaras varsity play glorifying Nathuram Godse sparks controversy
Has RSS Chief realised communal tension not good for India's rise? Reports say so
Qasim Saif, Garima Vaish secure top rank in CS Foundation 2017 exam
Fresh warning issued over Artificial Intelligence threat - this time by 24 experts
Maharashtra board rules out re-exam amid reports of HSC English paper leak
Kamal Haasan launches Makkal Needhi Maiam aka People's Justice Front
 Post Comments
Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of