Shimla: Lip service about holding of the winter session at Dharamsala being an expensive proposition notwithstanding, it was a nice holiday out there for the senior bureaucrats, who not only got to take their spouses for a on the house tour, but the icing on the cake was a helicopter ride back to Shimla for spouses, children et al.
â€œItâ€™s only a Hippocratic stance that some politicians and bureaucrats adopt at holding of the winter session at Dharamsala being a drain on the exchequer, said a senior officer.
While the house functions in its usual way, itâ€™s a nice paid holiday for all where one gets to take family in a government vehicle, put up in a paid for accommodation and eat on the house and send the bill to the state exchequer, he added.
Another officer who had just got back said that while it took me a whole days journey by my official car to get to Dharamsala for attending the winter session at Tapovan, getting back to Shimla was a 40 minute journey by helicopter.
Whatâ€™s more there were many others who along with their spouses and children returned back to Shimla in the helicopter to be back for the weekend Christmas parties.
Worrying about expenses and who has to foot the bill was least on the mind of all for it was a time well spent for most, he added.