gfiles magazine

April 9, 2015

Economical Khattar

young & old

train travel for this CM
Haryana’s Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, is a man of simple living and high thinking. So what if he wears varied spanking Modi-style jackets all the time. His predecessor, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, was just the reverse. Hooda used to travel by Mercedes  cars and the like, accompanied by about 100 security personnel, wherever he went. The tiny state had to bear the expenses of a high-flying chief minister. Now, Khattar and his team have adopted economical measures and feel the message should flow from the chief minister’s office itself. It was proposed that the Haryana government buy an aircraft to decrease travel time for the chief minister. The government already has a Kingair 10-seater aircraft. Khattar chose to reject the proposal and told the officials that he would prefer to travel between Delhi and Chandigarh by train and within the state by the official car. In case of urgent work, the aircraft will be used. The officials and the suppliers of the aircraft company are disappointed but the state is relieved that finally Haryana has a chief minister who not only preaches austerity but implements it in letter and spirit.

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