MUMBAI: Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Thursday announced a series of austerity measures to reduce the expenses of Raj Bhavan so as to make more resources available for Covid-19 relief measures.
The measures taken by Koshyari include the following:
1. No new capital works to be undertaken- no new major construction / repairing works in Raj Bhavan. Only ongoing works in progress will be continued and completed.
2. Independence Day Reception to be held on August 15, 2020 at Raj Bhavan, Pune stands cancelled.
3. No new regular recruitment in Raj Bhavan until further orders.
4. Proposal for the purchase of new car for Raj Bhavan is deferred.
5. The practice of offering gifts/mementos to VVIPS to be discontinued until further orders.
6. The practice of welcoming VIP visitors with bouquets will be discontinued. Guest house rooms in Raj Bhavan will not be decorated with vases and flower-pots.
7. Meetings and interactions with Vice-Chancellors and various officers to be conducted via video conference to avoid any expenses on travel.
Officials said these measures will save nearly 10 to 15 per cent of the budget of the Raj Bhavan in the current financial year.
The governor has already contributed his one-month salary and further pledged 30% of his salary for one year to the PM CARES Fund.

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