`1.99cr for min­is­ters’ cabin re­vamp leaves govt fum­ing

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

A Rs1.99-crore bill for the ren­o­va­tion of state min­is­ters’ cabin has caused a stir in the state govern­ment. The Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion Depart­ment (GAD) of the state govern­ment has so far re­fused to clear the pay­ment. It’s been a year since work was com­pleted. The rea­son: The depart­ment be­lieves some of the cab­ins were un­nec­es­sar­ily ren­o­vated af­ter the new govern­ment took over in Oc­to­ber 2014. Fur­ther, the depart­ment be­lieves due pro­ce­dure was not fol­lowed to prove re­pair work was re­ally needed.

Soon af­ter the 30 min­is­ters were sworn-in last year, some of them were given of­fices in the Mantralaya’s an­nexe build­ing. Not happy with their cab­ins, the min­is­ters asked for ren­o­va­tions to be made. Fif­teen cab­ins were ren­o­vated at costs rang­ing be­tween Rs 2.19 lakh and Rs 33.99 lakh each — Rs1.99 crore in to­tal. Some of the cab­ins were ex­tended by in­clud­ing ad­ja­cent of­fice ar­eas meant for other de­part­ments. One of the min­is­ters whose cab­ins were ren­o­vated hap­pens to be PWD min­is­ter Chan­drakant Patil.


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