He is the CM of Uttrakhand who spends Rs 68.5 lakhs on refreshment!
He is the CM of Uttrakhand who spends Rs 68.5 lakhs on refreshment!


New Delhi [India], Feb 7: The Trivendra Singh Rawat led BJP government in Uttrakhand flash over Rs 68 lakhs on refreshments in a bare 10 months, a Right to Information (RTI) query revealed. The BJP termed these expenses "natural" but also promised to look into the matter. "Such expenses are natural but if they go beyond a limit then it's matter of concern," said BJP spokesperson Virendra Singh Bisht. Bisht further claimed that a number of meetings are normally held in the CM's office.

Janta Darbar and many other official meetings take place at CM office. Nevertheless, CM Rawat will take cognizance of the matter," Bisht said. In a letter dated January 22, secretariat administration told Haldwani-based RTI activist Hemant Singh that the Uttarakhand chief minister's office spent Rs 68,59,865 on 'chai pani' (refreshments and snacks) since the BJP government was sworn in on March 18 last year. Earlier this month, another RTI application revealed that Kerala Assembly speaker P Sreeramakrishnan claimed reimbursement worth Rs 49,900 for purchasing an expensive pair of eyeglasses. Around Rs 22,000 was spent a day on average, to entertain 150-200 guests, according to the response.

Meanwhile, according to the chief minister’s office, Rs 50,38,880 was spent on refreshments as Rs 33,85,791 at the chief minister’s home and Rs 16,53,089 at his office. The chief minister’s media coordinator Darshan Rawat said they will find out how the amount calculated came to Rs 68.59 lakh.

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