Maharashtra Governor announces a series of austerity measures to cut expenses
It is estimated that these measures will save nearly 10 to 15 per cent of the budget of the Raj Bhavan in the current financial year, said Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Governor of Maharashtra.
On Thursday Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari announced a series of austerity measures to reduce Raj Bhavan's expenses to make more resources available for COVID-19 relief efforts.
The austerity measures are aimed at cutting spending in the current financial year.
The Governor today instructed Raj Bhavan to take the following measures in the current financial year to reduce its expenditure:
No new capital works are to be carried out. Only the on-going work will be completed. Independence Day reception to be held in Raj Bhavan, Pune, will be cancelled.
There will be no new regular recruitment in Raj Bhavan until further orders. The proposal for the purchase of a new car for Raj Bhavan is deferred.
The practice of offering gifts/mementoes to VVIPS will be discontinued until further order. The practice of welcoming VIP visitors with bouquets will be discontinued.
Meetings and interactions with vice-chancellors and various officers to be conducted via video-conference to avoid any expenses on travel.
It is estimated that these measures will save nearly 10 to 15 per cent of the budget of the Raj Bhavan in the current financial year.
These measures are estimated to save nearly 10 to 15 per cent of the Raj Bhavan 's budget over the current financial year.
These austerity measures, according to the Governor's estimate, will be a small but significant contribution to saving resources that can be used to reduce people's suffering in the context of the situation arising from coronavirus disease.
The Governor has already contributed his one-month salary and pledged 30 per cent of his one-year salary to the PM CARES Fund for COVID-19.