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Austerity: RS dismisses reports on Ansari convening meet

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 23:05

New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday dismissed
reports that an all-party meeting has been convened by
Chairman Hamid Ansari to decide on extending the government`s
austerity drive to MPs.

The Chairman has not received any request from the
government to make it mandatory for all MPs to fly economy
class and there was no proposal to convene an all-party meet,
Rajya Sabha Secretary General V K Agnihotri said in a
statement.

Reports said Ansari would soon call an all-party meet to
decide on extending the austerity drive to MPs and that
the meeting would take place after Lok Sabha Speaker Meira
Kumar returns from her foreign trip.

The reports also said the government has sent a request
to the Chairman to make it mandatory for all MPs to fly
economy class.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 23:05

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