Monday, December 7, 2009

A poor State and a spendthrift CM

GUWAHATI, Dec 7: Rs 32,63,872 were spent from the State exchequer for Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s tour outside Assam since coming to power for the second term in 2006 and Rs 9,51,407 were spent for his tour abroad. During the last three years, Gogoi went for 64 domestic tours and six foreign tours. Gogoi’s expenditure for helicopter travel during the period was Rs 2,11,50,849, Assam Forest and Environment Minister Rockybul Hussain informed the State Assembly on behalf of GAD Minister Tarun Gogoi while replying to a question from AGP MLA Phani Bhushan Choudhury today.

Hussain further said renovation, construction and furnishing of the Chief Minister’s residence — Koinadhara — cost Rs 2,21,47,032 during the period, and Rs 285 lakh were sanctioned for construction of the route leading to Koinadhara from the National Highway, but the amount is yet to be spent, Hussain said. This apart, other ministers of the State spent Rs 8,46,833 for their travel by helicopter, while top-level bureaucrats spent Rs 8,09,083 for such travel. Among Gogoi’s Cabinet colleagues, Nazrul Islam, Gautam Roy, Gautam Bora, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Prithibi Majhi, Chandan Brahma, Bhumidhar Barman, Dinesh Prasad Goala, Nurzamal Sarkar, Pradyut Bordoloi, Rockybul Hussain and Bharat Chandra Narah went for foreign tours, and some of them on  personal tours. Himanta has the highest number of foreign tours and is followed by Chandan Brahma.THE SENTINEL

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