- Defence Minister said that the elaborate functions that take place around foundation stone laying ceremonies are a wasteful expenditure of public money and should be curtailed.
- Taking a harsh view on public money being demanded by various departments to organise stone laying ceremonies, instructions have been sent out that no financial sanctions for such events can be justified and that there are no tangible benefits from such events.
- No outcomes or deliverables come from money spend and there can therefore be no justification for public funds to be spent says the controller general of defence accounts.
- The instructions are part of a series of measures being implemented to cut down on wasteful expenditure by the ministry, which includes a new pension disbursal system that cuts down on service charges and expenses to be paid to banks.
- If a small amount is spent on such plaques to display all that needs to be put in public domain in the spirit of transparency, perhaps that could be justified, but certainly nothing more or beyond