State bans pvt hotel meetings; officials to travel in economy

The cash-strapped Jammu and Kashmir today unveiled a slew of austerity measures “to promote fiscal discipline” and cut extravagant expenditure on official meetings, conferences, air travel of bureaucrats and purchase of new vehicles. The state government, administrated by Governor NN Vohra, has barred officers and officials from holding of meetings and conferences at private hotels and travelling first class on domestic and international visits regardless of entitlement. It has also discouraged the holding of exhibitions, fairs, seminars and conferences outside the state, except exhibition for tourism or handicraft promotion. Furthermore,…

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