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DTS upgraded: No need for ‘warrants’

Defence personnel would no longer need ‘warrants’ for travelling by rail as per the Rail Budget on Thursday, which eliminated the warrant system.

The Railways Minister said that the Defence Travel System (DTS) has been developed to eliminate this system.

“For the benefit of all our brave soldiers, a Defence Travel System has been developed for the elimination of warrants to make travelling easier. This facility has been commissioned in 600 locations out of about 2,000 locations. This facility will be further expanded,” he assured.

A Defence Travel System (DTS) includes a traveller’s personal profile, an organisation’s budget and the Department of Defence (DoD) travel policies.

An authorisation confines all information regarding a traveller, TDY locations, should-cost estimates and other financial aspects of the trip within one document.

This includes any travel-related expenses that may be incurred prior to the first day of travel. This streamlines the travel, approval, and reimbursement processes.

Meanwhile, the Northern Railways said that they are likely to introduce the DTS from the beginning of the new financial year (April 1, 2015) depending up on the availability of resources and the compilation of necessary procedures.

“I have been travelling by trains for years, but the only benefit of the warrant system was that we need not have carried cash during our travels. We have had to wait in long queues in railway stations; had to fill the railway warrants, railway forms and concession vouchers to travel
from one destination to another,” said an Army official, on condition of anonymity.
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