India government bans luxury perquisites for officials

In a series of austerity measures India's government has banned first class air travel, meetings in five-star-hotels, and purchases of cars, for its bureaucrats. The goal is to achieve a fiscal deficit target of 4.1% of the GDP for the year. According to a finance ministry statement the measures are intended to promote fiscal discipline, without restricting the operational efficiency of the government. New jobs have been frozen and officials have been asked to use video conferencing for meetings wherever possible. The government aims to further cut fiscal deficit to 3.6% in 2015-16 and 3% in 2016-17.