While over 1,600 farmers have committed suicide in Karnataka because of poor debt and poverty stricken life, but the state’s chief minister Siddaramaiah was spending Rs 4.78 lakh to procure hand towels, bath towels, face towels, foot mats and pillow covers since 1 April this year, an RTI reply has revealed.
Hand towels are part of the chief minister’s daily attire.
Not only this, Rs 4.79 lakh was spent on purchasing bed sheets, bed covers and blankets for the chief minister. All these information was revealed by activist Marilingegowda Maali Patil through Right to Information Act. Additionally, Rs 39.73 lakh was spent on the CM’s official residence since April, including Rs 4.77 lakh for buying ‘household articles’.
Walking into CM’s shoes, the ministers of the state have also been lavishly spending money. Rs 1.71 crore was spent on the official residences of Public Works Department Minister H C Mahadevappa, Rural Development Minister H K Patil, Industries Minister R V Deshpande, Home Minister K J George and Forest Minister Ramanath Rai.
Most ministers dismissed the matter as wrong information though the figures were revealed by the government itself. While the CM and his cabinet are making merry, the newly elected Bengaluru Mayor’s team has ordered for six Maruti Ciaz cars. Two cars have arrived and four more will be delivered soon. Though the corporation has no money to even clear garbage, the mayor justified buying new cars as there was ‘shortage of vehicles’.
The new mayor says that the civic body will need 16 cars – for the mayor, deputy mayor, chairpersons of 12 standing committees, the opposition and ruling party leaders. Deshpande said that his official residence was like a ‘ghost house’ when it was allotted to him. He said, “It was in a very bad shape. I had asked for the repairs and it was for the PWD to estimate the cost and carry out the work.”
He added, “I am using just a few rooms in the official residence.”
According to civic body sources, the cars used by the previous team were given (read gifted) to IAS, IFS and other senior grade officers. The other cars were auctioned and sold, hence the shortage.