CITCO splurges on Chandigarh officers’ smooth ride in Delhi
CITCO first bought an Ambassador for Delhi in 2009. Three years later, it scaled up the expenditure to buy a Honda City, and now it’s bought a Toyota Corolla worth Rs 20 lakh.punjab Updated: Feb 15, 2018 12:06 IST
After doling out heavy discounts to officials, past and present, of the UT administration, Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) has now purchased a luxury Toyota car for the use of UT administrator, adviser and other senior officer’s on their visits to Delhi.
As per the agenda approved in December 2017, CITCO has purchased a Toyota Corolla Altis worth ₹20 lakh for the UT guesthouse in New Delhi, which is managed by the UT hospitality department.
- Even though petrol costs around Rs 70 per litre, the CITCO managing director continues to enjoy personal rides on his official vehicle at 50 paise per kilometre. The agenda was approved around 25 years back, but to date, no change has been made to the rates.
Interestingly, CITCO has no office in Delhi, nor is it expected to play a role in the UT guesthouse in the national capital.
But CITCO first bought an Ambassador for Delhi in 2009. Three years later, it scaled up the expenditure to buy a Honda City, and now it’s bought a Toyota Corolla worth Rs 20 lakh. Interestingly, being the governor of Punjab, the UT administrator is being provided all the facilities, including transportation, by the Punjab government.
When contacted, CITCO board of directors’ chairman Anurag Aggarwal said the agenda was approved in the board meeting. “It is not the first time that a vehicle has been bought for senior officers. It’s been going on for several years now,” he said.
But Baldev Raj, president of CITCO workers’ union, said they had opposed the agenda when it was taken up by the board for the first time. “This expenditure is of no use to CITCO. This money should be utilised for promoting the corporation,” he said.
On January 23, HT had highlighted how around 100 former members of the corporation have been enjoying 40% discount on food and beverages at its hotels — Mountview, Shivalikview and Parkview — since 1995. When in service, they were entitled to a discount of 50%.