Thursday, August 07, 2008

Rs 7.4 Crore : Mantris' travel bill

Our state mantris ran up travel bills worth over Rs 7 crore in the first three years of their tenure. The public exchequer had to shell out these funds to pay for the ministers' trips to their constituencies as well as some foreign jaunts. Maharashtra's ministers incurred a total travel bill of Rs 7.44 crore from April 1, 2004 to March 31, 2007, according to figures provided by the Pay and Account Office of the state government. Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh's globe-trotting took him to the top of the list as he incurred expenses of Rs 63.96 lakh. The CM's domestic travel expenses came to Rs 32.45 lakh, while his foreign jaunts cost Rs 31.51 lakh.

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