Politicians, MPs, MLAs and bureaucrats among those who have not paid bills to stay at Udaipur circuit house
An RTI query has revealed that state party chiefs, parliamentarians, legislators and senior bureaucrats figure in the list of those who have stayed at the Udaipur circuit house over the years, either on official or private visits, and have not paid accommodation charges and food billsjaipur Updated: Sep 08, 2017 20:06 IST
An RTI query has revealed that state party chiefs, parliamentarians, legislators and senior bureaucrats figure in the list of those who have stayed at the Udaipur circuit house over the years, either on official or private visits, and have not paid accommodation charges and food bills.
The matter came to light on Thursday after a Right to Information (RTI) query was filed by social activist Tarun Agerwal.
The food and accommodation cost at the circuit house is 50% lesser than that of hotels in the city and the RTI query has revealed that unpaid charges amount to more than ₹ 9 lakh.
Politicians and bureaucrats have to pay a mere ₹100 for staying in a suit or a VVIP room at the circuit house.
The RTI query has also revealed that politicians, including parliamentarian Arjun Lal Meena, Raghuveer Singh Meena, Girija Vyas and Pramod Samar, despite having their homes in Udaipur, had stayed at the circuit house in the last few years on many occasions and have not paid room rent.
Among the list of defaulters, Samar stayed eight times in the last one and a half year and did not the room tariff amounting to ₹14,323.
A number of district collectors had also stayed at the state-owned guest house since 1992 without paying for accommodation and food.
Since1992, district collectors have stayed at circuit house on 16 occasion and their total unpaid charges are more than ₹1 lakh.
The list of defaulters also includes state Congress chief Sachin Pilot, Union minister of state for finance and corporate affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal, state health minister Kali Charan Saraf, former MLA Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya, Girijiya Vyas, former state ministers Mangi Lal Gharasia and Heera Lal Darangi.
The RTI query also revealed that unpaid accommodation charge of former state ministers, parliamentarian and legislators amount to ₹1,17,058, while that of officials of different departments is ₹6,52,474 and that of central government officials is ₹63,015.
Beside officials from the Indian Air Force headquarters in Delhi who have stayed at the circuit house have unpaid bills amounting to ₹30,175, the RTI query has revealed.
When asked about the unpaid bills, Girijiya Vyas said that she was unaware of any outstanding bills at the circuit house. “I will clear the bills if any as soon as possible,” she said.
First Published: Sep 08, 2017 20:06 IST