Cabinet Outings-Burden on Exchequer: Vakil

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Srinagar – Leader of an alliance partner in the state government Thursday criticised the state government’s move to hold cabinet meetings in remote areas saying it was putting unnecessary burden on the public exchequer.

“By holding cabinet meetings in far flung areas, the government is simply burdening the state exchequer and doing nothing else,” AICC member and former minister Abdul Gani Vakil said in a statement here.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had yesterday chaired a cabinet meeting in Macchil area, near the Line of Control, in Kupwara district as part of the government policy to take governance to door steps of people living in inaccessible areas.

Vakil said the men, machinery and money spent in holding such meets in far flung areas cost a lot of money and it should be discouraged.

He said the government should adopt austerity measures so that funds meant for the development reached the deserving.

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