`1.99cr for ministers’ cabin revamp leaves govt fuming
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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