Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced that foreign trips by Railway officials would be curtailed under an austerity drive.
“We are trying to cut down excess expenditure wherever possible in foreign travels. Our officers travel to different parts of the world on business tours, especially those from IRCON and RITES for transfer of technology,” Banerjee said.
Money saved from curtailing of foreign tours by railway officers would be utilised for safety and security of passengers and increasing amenities for them, she said.
“This is part of an austerity drive we are going to undertake in the Railways,” Banerjee told reporters after inaugurating an office of the Circular Railway.
Asked whether she would give up the Railway Minister’s saloon, she replied, “I prefer to travel in a simple coach because I can be with the people. I will not use the saloon like the last time when I was Railway minister.”