Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has often been in the Opposition’s line of fire for frequent foreign visits, has decided to cut down these trips this year.
In 2016, the PM will travel abroad only when it is absolutely necessary. External affairs ministry has been asked to keep Modi’s foreign engagements in 2016 to the minimum.
As of now, the PM has just two foreign visits scheduled in the first half of this year. The decision to cut down foreign visit will help Modi to concentrate more on domestic issues and upcoming Budget session of Parliament.
Since coming to power after Lok Sabha polls in May 2014, PM Modi has already visited 33 countries and met about two-third of world leaders in last 19 months.
Modi has often been accused of spending public money on his frequent foreign trips and ignoring domestic issues by the opposition parties.