Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy launches austerity drive

Karnataka Chief Minister, H.D. Kumaraswamy,

Bengaluru, June 3: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Sunday has announced an austerity drive to cut “unnecessary expenditure” so that his government is able to waive off farmers’ loans.

“The CM has instructed the officials to cut down all unnecessary expenditure, if any, in administration accordingly,” the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said in a statement Sunday.

In an official statement by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), it asked the officers to review the proposals submitted by various government departments, offices and agencies to buy new cars.

The various austerity measures will help the government to strengthen the state’s finances.After Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) arrived at an understanding on portfolio-sharing in Karnataka,both the parties have decided to enter into a pre-poll alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Similarly, he also has directed to discourage unnecessary refurbishing and renovating of Government’ offices and official residences.

On June 1, Kumaraswamy directed all officials and government staff to not use mobile phones during his meetings to avoid distraction.

Kumaraswamy, in the order, stated that some officials use cell phones during the meeting, which affects discussions on important matters.
The chief minister’s decision came 11 days after he took charge on May 23 and held only a few meetings with the officials.

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