Wednesday, November 04, 2009

6-man Puducherry cabinet spends Rs 36L on snacks

It's a small cabinet but with a healthy appetite and a penchant for entertaining guests quite liberally. A query under RTI has revealed that Puducherry chief minister V Vaithilingam and his five colleagues in the cabinet have spent more than Rs 36 lakh on tea, snacks and beverages while hosting visitors in their respective offices in the assembly in the eight months between September 2008 and April 2009.

Welfare minister M Kandasamy topped the list among the spenders by ordering tea, snacks, beverages and other food items for Rs 10.48 lakh between September 2008 and March 2009 for visitors, officials and elected members. Kandasamy was closely followed by the chief minister, whose office spent Rs 9.86 lakh from September 25, 2008 to April 30, 2009.

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