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Secretaries have been asked to travel by train and when not possible, on the lowest airfares. Members of Parliament and Secretary-General have been asked to use their air travel benefits for travel.
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The Congress memo read by NayaTez read, “AICC, secretaries will be reimbursed suitable train fare up to 1,400 km. For distances beyond 1,400 km, secretaries will be given the lowest airfare. Airfare twice a month If the train fare is more than the airfare, then they can travel by air.”
It also states, “The expenditure on canteen, stationery, electricity, newspaper, fuel etc. should be minimized by the AICC office bearers themselves.”
The party said that allowances of Rs 12,000 and Rs 15,000 for the secretary and general secretary will also be cut.
“Most of them rarely use this amount and we are trying to reduce this expenditure as well,” Bansal said.
Congress MPs have been asked to contribute Rs 50,000 every year and demand Rs 4,000 per year from two party supporters.
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NayaTez reported earlier this month how the Congress party’s collections from electoral bonds declined by 17 per cent in the financial year 2019-20. In 2018-19, Congress got ₹383 crore from electoral bonds. In 2019-20, the party received only 9 percent of the total electoral bonds ₹ 318 crore.
In the same period, the ruling BJP collected 76 per cent of the electoral bonds sold in 2019-20, according to data obtained by NayaTez from the Election Commission. Altogether, electoral bonds worth ₹3,355 crore were sold in 2019-20, out of which the BJP’s income was ₹2,555 crore. This was a 75 per cent jump on the ₹1,450 crore received through electoral bonds last year.
The present government had introduced electoral bonds in 2017-2018. Electoral bonds were strongly opposed by the opposition parties. This electoral bond allows individuals as well as corporations, including partially foreign-owned entities, to fund political parties by concealing their identities.