That sounds like the ACTUAL expense policy at Infosys, last time I worked with them. I've never seen such a tight company. They flew all these employees over fro India to work on a project with us, then basically told them that they were going to get NO expenses and NO help with accomodation.
Bear in mind these were India-based employees working for a UK client, not transfers or ex-pats.
Unreal - wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes!