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Look who?s taking UP Agro for a ride

UP AGRO, which suffered a loss of over Rs 70 crore and is finding it difficult even to pay salaries, is aghast at the extravagance of its chairman Natthu Singh, MLA from Bhagwant Nagar, Unnao.

india Updated: Jun 10, 2006 01:19 IST

UP AGRO, which suffered a loss of over Rs 70 crore and is finding it difficult even to pay salaries, is aghast at the extravagance of its chairman Natthu Singh, MLA from Bhagwant Nagar, Unnao.

Natthu Singh has been using an air-conditioned vehicle of the organization and a jeep on the UP Agro expenses. At the same time he has submitted bills for taxis for various visits. Now he wants a CD player in his ‘official’ car. Natthu Singh has exhausted his annual petrol budget in the first two months of the financial year.

On an average, more than Rs 1.5 lakh is being spent on the various ‘services’ provided to the chairman, who enjoys the status of a State minister.

The annual budget of petrol for UP Agro is only Rs 9 lakh and the chairman alone is spending a major part of the amount on petrol.

In the month of April and May, a sum of Rs 1.11 lakh was spent on petrol and diesel for two vehicles—UP32—BL 5615 and UP 42-B 2177—which are being exclusively used by the chairman, who is supposed to take necessary steps to pull the UP Agro out of the red.

Interestingly, the chairman is officially entitled for Rs 40,000 (for petrol car) or Rs 30,000 (for diesel vehicle) in a year.Surprisingly, additional diesel and petrol have been taken from the pump from where other vehicles of the organisation get fuel.

Natthu Singh has so far used petrol and diesel worth over Rs 1.26 lakh in the current financial year alone.

Not only this, taxis have also been used by the chairman without having any official entitlement for the same and the bills were cleared by the UP Agro. In May and July months of the year 2004, Natthu Singh forced the UP Agro to clear taxi bills worth Rs 28,000 and Rs 48,000, respectively, while in December last year, bills worth Rs 54,000 were paid.

Besides the chairman claims TA bills worth several thousands of rupees every month, including a sum of Rs 18,000 paid to him as TA for April-2006. By his TA bills, it seems that the chairman travels almost daily between his constituency Bhagwant Nagar to the State capital.

He regularly claims Rs 7500 per month for his snacks and tea etc. and has even submitted a bill of Rs 345, which he paid to a studio for his photographs!

First Published: Jun 10, 2006 01:19 IST