After chief minister Vasundhara Raje went about adopting the simple living, high living stand by downsizing her cavalcade and stopping at the traffic red-light, it is now the turn of her ministers and babus to tread the path of austerity like the aam aadmi.
The ministers in Raje government signed a resolution at the ‘Collector-SP’ conference on Wednesday adopting austerity measures.
As per the resolution they would not organise conference and meetings at 5-stars hotels in the future. Also, while touring any area only two vehicles would be part of their cavalcade. Even the local police would not provide them any escort. The mass feasts or decoration of their personnel offices with valuable items too have been restricted as per the resolution.
“The ministers have tabled a resolution adopting austerity measures. Now they would not hold conference in 5-star hotels or organise mass feast on government expense. Similarly, their offices would not be decorated with valuable items,” briefed health minister Rajendra Rathore after attending the conference.
Similarly, the IAS officers and cops have been advised to adopt austerity measures as well. Addressing senior officers and collectors, chief secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said that they should also curb wastage of funds and not use official vehicles for their personal works like dropping children to school etc.
He also said that the officers were not required to deploy security personnel and helpers at their residence on government expenses. Meanwhile, they were also asked to adopt underprivileged and meritorious children in their respective districts and support their education.
The austerity measures detailed in the resolution have been inspired by ‘commoner’ CM Raje. In order to stop wastage of government funds the CM has opted to take regular flights instead of using the state aircraft and use her personal vehicle while going to CMO.
The CM has already started stopping at traffic red-light and has also reduced the size of her cavalcade. Raje also thanked her Cabinet colleagues and applauded them for the resolution.
At present there are 12 ministers in Raje government and around 180 IAS officers posted state wide in the administrative services. The austerity measures, if implemented strictly, are sure to generate revenue to the state exchequer.