Sunday, June 21, 2015

Rs 24 crore spent on transit accommodation of new MPs

The government has spent nearly Rs 24 crore on the transit stay of the members of the 16th Lok Sabha in Delhi, revealed an RTI response.
According to the rules, room tariff in respect of stay of MPs in transit accommodation, which include State Bhawans or ITDC hotels, is paid by the Directorate of Estates under the Union Ministry of Urban Development.
“Such payment is made after getting the period of stay confirmed/regularised from Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha Secretariat. Once a regular accommodation is allotted to the MP and the same is declared habitable by CPWD, 14 days time is given to MP to shift to the habitable declared accommodation,” said the response from the Urban Development Ministry.
It said no payment is made by the government for overstay by any MP in transit accommodation.
“Rent paid for transit stay of newly elected MPs in the year 2014 (January 1 to December 31, 2014) is Rs 2.96 crore and in the year 2015 (Jan 1 till May 22, 2015) is Rs 21.02 crore,” said the Central Public Information Officer, G.P. Sarkar in response to a query by activist Subhash Agrawal.

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