New Delhi, June 3: Within days of taking charge as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, HD Kumaraswamy announced an austerity drive, asking state government officials to cut down all unnecessary expenditure. The recent move is aimed at strengthening the financial status of the state. Also Read - No Need to Discuss, I Convey My Regards: Karnataka CM Doesn't Take Dig at Gowda Family Over Son's Wedding

Issuing a notification, the office of the Chief Minister today asked the officials to review the proposals submitted by various government departments, offices and agencies to buy new cars.  The CM has also directed to discourage unnecessary refurbishing and renovating of Government’ offices and official residences. Also Read - Social Distancing, What's That? HD Kumaraswamy's Son Ties The Knot in VVIP Wedding Amid COVID-19 Lockdown | Photos And Videos Here

Earlier on June 1, the Karntaa CM had banned the officials from carrying mobiles to his meetings to enforce discipline and avoid distractions. The chief minister said that whenever he calls a meeting, all officials should not bring their mobile phones and hand it over to the coordination official till the meeting was over. Also Read - Wedding in The Times of COVID-19: Wedding of Kumaraswamy's Son Tomorrow; Only Family Members Invited

His statement comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that mobile phones were banned from his meetings because he often found officers checking social media sites in the midst of meetings.

Speaking to IANS, state’s Chief Secretary K. Ratna Prabha said, “The Chief Minister has directed to ensure that the officials do not carry mobile phones to the meetings to avoid distractions and to enforce discipline.”

Terming it a welcome move, the Chief Secretary said the decision to ban mobile phones will ensure that the officials contribute effectively to the meetings. “It is a welcome step by the Chief Minister as distractions through mobile phones will be removed during crucial meetings,” she added.

(With agency inputs)