A myth broken: Not only FFI, but KDB too spent Rs 10.50 lakh on flag at Brahm Sarovar
The Kurukshetra Development Board (KBD) is not only managing the maintenance of the 63-meter tall flag installed at the Brahm Sarovar here but it had also spent over Rs 10.50 lakh of the tax payers' money on its installation in 2009.punjab Updated: Nov 28, 2013 19:17 IST
The Kurukshetra Development Board (KBD) is not only managing the maintenance of the 63-meter tall flag installed at the Brahm Sarovar here but it had also spent over Rs 10.50 lakh of the tax payers' money on its installation in 2009.
So far it was believed by all and even Congress MP Naveen Jindal, who has business interests in various fields including steel industry, that the Flag Foundation of India (FFI), had solely erected the flag, which has become an important landmark of the holy city, at its cost as the FFI had never spoken about the KDB's contribution.
The truth came out through an RTI plea made by president of the district unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Dhumman Singh Kirmach.
Kirmach said that the information further confirmed that FFI had donated steel pole only for the flag.
The information further said that Jindal's foundation (FFI) and the KDB had officially signed a contract on the installation and maintenance of the flag.
"A sum of Rs 3.40 lakh had been spent on the installation of the 63-meter pole and the National Flag at Purushhotam Pura Bagh at Brahma Sarovar. Also a sum of Rs 2.52 lakh was spent on the platform around the monumental flag,"read the contract details given under the RTI.
On Tuesday, Hindustan Times had reported that the mammoth flag at Brahma Sarovar was maintained by the KDB and not by Jindal or his foundation and the board had spent Rs 6.65 lakh on the flag and its regular maintenance till October this year.
Surprisingly, the KDB had also continuously maintained a complete silence on the cost of installation of the flag in which it had spent lakhs of rupees for unsaid reasons, said the BJP leader.
"It is also unfortunate that Jindal has never highlighted the contribution of the KDB in the flag project and always took a personal credit for it. We demand that since the board was managing the flag with public money, it should be notified as a monument and declared a KDB property,"Kirmach told the Hindustan Times.
Meanwhile, Jindal's media adviser Kalyan Kumar admitted that the FFI was not involved in the maintenance of the flags anywhere in India including the one installed here.
He accused the BJP of indulging in political gimmicks.
"FFI has installed 46 high rising poles for the national flags in different parts of the country. It is the responsibility of all sections of the community, including the government agencies, to spend on their maintenance,"he said.
When asked why at no public platform the KDB was given the credit for supporting the FFI, Jindal's PR man said, "It is not our responsibility. The board is to be blamed as it has failed to speak on its contribution".
Kalyan said that the FFI had no problem if the KDB took over the flag.