Curbing Foreign Travels – Protests by External Affairs Ministry

  • A cost-cutting exercise by the Finance Ministry has sparked off a major inter-ministerial battle with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
  • MEA has warned that it could affect India’s representations at major international summits. According to the sources, the standoff would impact Mr. Modi’s visits abroad as well.
  • Finance Ministry officials say the memorandum is part of a bi-annual cost-cutting exercise to restrict foreign travel as much as possible.