Study tours take your cor­po­ra­tors to win­ter hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Lax­man Singh lax­man.singh@hin­dus­tan­

MUM­BAI: Dar­shan at the Vaishn­odevi tem­ple, a shikara across the Dal lake and a ca­ble car ride to the snow-capped Gul­marg — sounds like the to-do list of some­one on hol­i­day in Jammu and Kash­mir? It’s also the study tour itin­er­ary for a bunch of cor­po­ra­tors who left for the state, funded by pub­lic money.

While the BMC’s im­prove­ments com­mit­tee makes their way to J& K, ed­u­ca­tion com­mit­tee mem­bers are plan­ning a Dehradun visit and the health com­mit­tee is look­ing at Sikkim. Group lead­ers of all po­lit­i­cal par­ties will be vis­it­ing An­daman and Ni­co­bar in the last week of De­cem­ber. And, all th­ese trips are paid for by the civic body, which will use its study tours bud­get. The J&K trip, for in­stance, could cost ap­prox­i­mately Rs10 lakh.

While of­fi­cials claim the four­day visit to J&K by 19 cor­po­ra­tors and four of­fi­cers is to study how the civic cor­po­ra­tion works, the tour sched­ule ac­cessed by HT tells a dif­fer­ent story.


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