State govt spent ` 20L on postal stamps in a year

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Suren­dra P Gan­gan suren­dra.gan­gan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: It’s all about PR for the Deven­dra Fadnavis gov­ern­ment, it seems, as it spent a steep Rs20 lakh on just postal stamps in a year.

Records avail­able with the gen­eral ad­min­is­tra­tion depart­ment show the an­nual ex­pen­di­ture on stamps used by the es­tab­lish­ment was Rs3 lakh dur­ing the last ten­ure of the Congress-NCP gov­ern­ment. This shot up tremen­dously ever since the new gov­ern­ment took over last year, of­fi­cials said.

The amount of postal stamps used by the of­fices of dif­fer­ent min­is­ters has gone up at least seven times when com­pared to the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment, and about 70% of this was used by the of­fice of fi­nance min­is­ter Sud­hir Mun­gan­ti­war alone.

The ex­pen­di­ture on sta­tionery has also gone up af­ter the BJP-Shiv Sena gov­ern­ment came to power.

The depart­ment is not happy. Owing to the de­mand from Mun­gan­ti­war’s of­fice, the depart­ment said it has run out of stock many times in the past year.

“We have al­ready sup­plied stamps worth Rs13 lakh. Now, we have placed a fresh or­der for an­other Rs10 lakh. We are not sure if the stock will even last the cur­rent fis­cal,” said an of­fi­cial from the depart­ment, not wish­ing to be named.

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ON P15

SIDDHANT JUMDE

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