Study tours take your corporators to winter holiday destinations
MUMBAI: Darshan at the Vaishnodevi temple, a shikara across the Dal lake and a cable car ride to the snow-capped Gulmarg — sounds like the to-do list of someone on holiday in Jammu and Kashmir? It’s also the study tour itinerary for a bunch of corporators who left for the state, funded by public money.
While the BMC’s improvements committee makes their way to J& K, education committee members are planning a Dehradun visit and the health committee is looking at Sikkim. Group leaders of all political parties will be visiting Andaman and Nicobar in the last week of December. And, all these trips are paid for by the civic body, which will use its study tours budget. The J&K trip, for instance, could cost approximately Rs10 lakh.
While officials claim the fourday visit to J&K by 19 corporators and four officers is to study how the civic corporation works, the tour schedule accessed by HT tells a different story.
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