Tour expenses of ministers cut
There is bad news in Tuesday's budget for union ministers as Finance Minister P Chidambaram's budetagry provisions on their tour expenses has been reduced by Rs 2.32 crore.
The provision under which expenditure on travel by cabinet ministers, minister of states and former Prime Ministers has been reduced from Rs 47.50 crore to Rs 45.18 crore for the next fiscal.
However, there is no change in sumptuary and other allowances which remain same on Rs 2.10 crore.
The budgetary provisions for cabinet secretariat under which salaries, travel and office expenses and other establishment-related expenditure of cabinet secretariat and high level committee are met have also been increased from Rs 10.40 crore to Rs 12.45 crore.
There is a marginal decrease in the expenditure under which salaries and travel expenses for the Prime Minister's Office and National Advisory Council constituted for implementation of National Common Minimum Programme from Rs 16.32 crore to Rs 16.06 crore.
The budgetary provisions for elite Special Protection Group, guarding the Prime Minister, has been increased from Rs 104.19 crore to Rs 132.41 crore.
The budgetary provisions under which salaries for union council of ministers is met, has been increased from Rs 1.16 crore to Rs 1.50 crore.