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Friday, November 4, 2011

China visit: Narendra Modi says no to 'state hospitality'

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has refused “state hospitality” during his visit to China next week, The Indian Express learnt on Thursday.

Modi, who will be in Shanghai and Beijing from November 8-12, has reportedly told the Congress-led UPA government that he will not avail of “state hospitality” in China.

“He was offered state hospitality, as is customary for any visiting chief minister, but he has refused it,” a source said.

According to government rules, “state hospitality” means the Indian embassy in the country takes care of the accommodation, food and transport of a visiting Indian leader.

The visiting leader also gets a dearness allowance, which varies from country to country. For instance, for China, it comes to about US $100 per day.

The Gujarat CM, however, has not cited any reason for bearing his own expenses.

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