Wheels of power burn Rs 2.63cr hole in exchequer’s pocket

March 26, 2011 at 6:37 am Leave a comment

The Digambar Kamat-led government has spent Rs 2.63 crore on 33 vehicles for its ministers and secretaries since June 2007.

This was revealed in a reply to a question tabled in the ongoing assembly. Of these vehicles, Kamat himself has three-two for personal use and one for his staff. While the Honda City cost the exchequers Rs 8.77 lakh and the Toyota Corolla was priced at Rs 12.52 lakh, the CM’s staff are using a Hyundai i10 priced at Rs 3.61 lakh.

Following in the CM’s tracks is home minister Ravi Naik who also has a Honda City and a Toyota Corolla. The former was bought after he declared his previous vehicle was involved in an accident; the latter was bought after rules were "relaxed" for Naik as a "special case", the reply states.

Incidentally, rules were relaxed for Dayanand Narvekar’s Toyota Corolla HI (Rs 9.98 lakh) and Francisco ‘Mickky’ Pacheco’s Toyota Corolla Altis (Rs 11.70 lakh) too. The vehicles were purchased when the duo served as ministers for information technology and tourism respectively.

On the other hand, health minister Vishwajit Rane has a Toyota Corolla Altis to complement his Honda City after he declared that his previous vehicle was involved in an accident. And speaking of accidents, advocate general Subodh Kantak declared the same and is now driven around in a Honda City VTEC worth Rs 9 lakh.

Present tourism minister Nilkanth Halarnkar got a Honda City worth Rs 7 lakh on his appointment as parliamentary secretary, while Francisco Silveira, previously seen in a Maruti SX4 worth Rs 6.30 lakh, got a Tata Safari worth Rs 10.30 lakh as well on being appointed parliamentary secretary.

Meanwhile, the Toyota Corolla or Honda City are the favoured wheels of revenue minister Jose Philip D’Souza, transport minister Ramkrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar and power minister Aleixo Sequeira, while PWD minister Churchill Alemao, sports minister Manohar Azgaonkar and opposition leader Manohar Parrikar prefer the Innova.

The legislators aside, 12 vehicles were bought for state secretaries. The vehicles ranged in price from Rs 4.53 lakh to Rs 9 lakh.

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