The UPA Govt is talking abt Austerity in these times of severe drought, job losses & economic meltdown. It sounds to me like lip-service and total hyprocrisy. If the Govt is serious about cost cutting, they must start with downsizing the Ministry. Any intelligent man will fail to understand why we must have 2 ministers for almost all portfolios (one with Cabinet rank and another Mos). While the Cabinet Minister goes around globe-trotting, the MoS has to be content with ribbon cutting in inconsequential public functions and delivering guest lectures in bogus universities. And why should it apply only to Ministers? What about the Bureaucrats, who escape the spotlight. Are they not equally culpable?
But in this whole drama, one thing that really amused me was the balls shown by Mr Tharoor. He says he can't live in Kerala House becos it does not have a Gym. Oh really? How about taking a membership in some swanky gyms in New Delhi? And he goes on to justify it by saying he is not using tax payers money but settles his bills from his hard-earned money, as a formel Diplomat.
I find both the Govt as well as Mr Tharoor's stand as extreme.