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    Justified? Rs9 lakh/yr on Rahulís electrical repairs


    Justified? Rs9 lakh/yr on Rahulís electrical repairs
    Aditya Kaul in DNA Monday, May 05, 2008


    Aditya Kaul of DNA exposes how our VVIPs live life kingsize on the taxpayerís money

    How much do you set aside in your annual budget for electrical repairs and maintenance? Rs5k? Rs10k? Even if you stretched your imagination and quoted the maximum, you wonít arrive at the figure the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) divulged in reply to our RTI (right to information) application on the money spent on electrical repairs and maintenance at the VVIP bungalows in the capital. The department spends anywhere between a whopping Rs1 lakh to Rs10 lakh for the purpose.

    This amount is in addition to what the CPWD spends on the power consumed by these VVIPS, and it all comes from your, the taxpayerís, pocket!

    The department was initially not forthcoming and we now know why. Even when they finally revealed the expense, they restricted the information to the last three years, saying before that the ďbungalows were being maintained by ED-II, CPWDĒ. So, here it is. In the 2007-08 fiscal, the government spent Rs9.61 lakh on electrical repairs and maintenance at 12, Tughlak Lane, the official residence of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi. And this amount does not include his power bill, but was spent only on maintenance and repair of electrical fittings and to pay wages to workers. The CPWD also spent Rs5.60 lakh for civil works in 2004-05 on the same house.

    The CPWD electrical expenditure sheet is a story of sharp and surprising contrasts. In the financial year 2005-06, the electrical expenditure on Rahulís residence was Rs2.94 lakh, while in the next financial year, it more than tripled to Rs8.84 lakh, a steep rise of Rs5.90 lakh.

    His mother and United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi and sister Priyanka together incurred a cost of nearly Rs12 lakh in 2007-08 on electrical maintenance at their 10 Janpath and 35 Lodhi Estate homes. In 2006-07, the cost was Rs10.36 lakh, a big jump from 2005-06 when the CPWD spent Rs6.43 lakh on the two bungalows.

    The department spent on an average Rs1.55 lakh each on the government bungalows of former prime ministers IK Gujral, HD Deve Gowda, the late Chandra Shekhar and VP Singh in 2005-06. In sharp contrast, it spent average Rs3.21 lakh each on the official bungalows of Sonia and Priyanka.
    Similarly, in 2007-08, while the government spent average Rs1.99 lakh on the four ex-PMsí residences, Rs5.98 lakh each was spent on the residences of Sonia and Priyanka.

    Last month, a DNA investigation had revealed that the CPWD spent over half-a-crore (Rs55.57 lakh) on civil works at prime minister Manmohan Singhís 7, Race Course Road, abode in 2006-07. In 2004-05 and 2006-07, civil works at former PM AB Vajpayeeís residence cost nearly Rs45 lakh, while Rs47 lakh was spent on the houses of the Gandhis in the same period.

    The CPWD spends over Rs330 crore a year in the Lutyensí zone for maintaining government bungalows and flats.
    aditya_k@dnaindia.net

    DNA - India - Justified? Rs9 lakh/yr on Rahulís electrical repairs - Daily News & Analysis



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    [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/kumar/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot.jpg[/IMG] Once Rajiv Gandhi had remarked that out of one rupee which Govt sanctions for any welfare work, only 15 paise reach to the end user.Similarly, it is possible that out of Rs 9 lakh booked by CPWD only Rs 1.35 lakh worth of repairs was done and rest siphoned off as commission to the players in the chain.
    One should ask the break up of the repairs done. May be for replacement of a geyser Rs fifty thousand be spent.The real truth will emerge only when the details of repairs carried out and amount booked against itare known.
    A middle class family can build a house in Rs lakhs.
    Jab maal muft ka ho to kharch karne mein kis baat ki sharam.

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    Who should be blamed for fleecing the taxpayer in a country where a vast population does not have access to two square meals per day?

    Are'nt we all, the so called citizens, responsible ?

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    Maale Muft Dil-e- beraham

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    can any one ask for details of /break up of expenditure?
    LAGE RAHO RTI KE SAATH

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    Quote Originally Posted by nukebomb View Post
    can any one ask for details of /break up of expenditure?
    Yes, you can ask for certfied copies of the Bills as well as the details of the payments made (cheque nr., etc.)

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    whom shall i ask ??
    LAGE RAHO RTI KE SAATH

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    Nukebomb,

    List of APIOs, PIOs etc of CPWD, Delhi is at point number 16 from link manuals. Try whichever you think is most concerned with 12, Tughalak Lane (Rahul's official residence).

    Such sensative query is bound to be avoided by everyone in the loop, but, thanks to RTI, at some point of time they will have to share turth. Will it be whole truth, and nothing but the truth? Only time will tell us.

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