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Minister hosts dinner at the cost of government bank

Raje Govt's social welfare minister hosted a personal dinner in the honour of religious leaders Sadhvi Ritmambhra, reports KS Tomar.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2007 23:55 IST
KS Tomar
KS Tomar

Raje government's social welfare minister Madan Dilawar hosted a personal dinner (Samratha Bhoj) in the honour of religious leaders Sadhvi Ritmambhra at the cost of government department which has ladned him in the soup as it has snowballed into a controversy in Rajasthan.

RSS backed Social welfare minister recently organsied a 'Samratha Bhoj' at Jaipur which was attended by about four hundred persons including senior BJP leaders like former party president ,Lalit Kishore Chaturvedi,home minister gulab chand katatria etc besides the officials of the government.

The minister forced the officials of the state cooperative bank to make the payment of rs seventy four thousand to the organisers of the dinner.

But Dilawar justified his action and did not regret for hosting the personal dinner at the cost of the cooperative bank.
Social welfare minister said today “there is nothing wrong in organising such personal dinners which is done by other ministers and chief minister also. The payment of such dinners are made by the government departments.”

“I organised a personal dinner in the honour religious leader Rithmabhra who inspires everyone. I had invited some of the top leaders of BJP and senior officials of the government ,” he said.

The matter was raised in the state assembly by Congress MLA Hari Mohan Sharma.

Congress legislator said “it is illegal does and a violation of the rules to host such personal dinner at the cost of the government department hence money should be recovered from social welfare minister.”

Managing director cooperative bank Kishore Singh Rathore said “ cooperative minister Dilawar asked the bank to make the payment of the cost of the hence we did it .I do not know who were invited for the dinner by the minister.”

First Published: Apr 09, 2007 23:53 IST