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Debt ridden HP Govt. spent 3.2 crore on luxury vehicles for politicians appointed as corporations/boards heads

SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh Government, which under a debt of Rs 36,000 crore, has not hesitated to spend on luxury vehicles for politicians heading different boards and corporations.  Crying shortage of funds whenever public unrest grows due to lack of even basic public facilities, government has showered Rs 3.2 crore in last three years to buy costly vehicles for these officials despite the fact that 11 boards and corporations in the state are running into huge losses for several years.

Chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Saturday,  in a reply to question posed by Sarkaghat MLA of BJP Inder Singh, informed that over Rs 2.05 crore was spent on buying 15 new vehicles for the chairmen and over Rs 1.13 crore on buying eight new vehicles for the vice-chairmen of different boards and corporations during last three years.

in last three years, 34 new vehicles were purchased for the officials of various boards and corporations while there are total 42 vehicles, Inder Singh said. Except one vehicle, that of state SC/ST development corporation, costs Rs 9 lakh while remaining vehicles cost around Rs 16 lakh.  He questioned the need for purchase of such costly vehicles when Himachal is reeling under a burdened of Rs 36,000 crore debt.

Virbhadra Singh said,

There are a number of chairmen and vice chairmen of various boards and corporations. It is imperative that they should be provided with vehicles, so as to make functioning proper and easy.

Nahan MLA of BJP Rajeev Bindal pointed out that ministers/politicians are appointed as chairmen of some boards and corporations and vehicles have been provided to them too along with vice-chairmen. State forest corporation chairman and vice-chairman were given new vehicles worth Rs 12.44 lakh and Rs 14.66 lakh respectively. He said two vehicles have been provided to chairman of state civil supplies corporation having cost of Rs 13.86 lakh and Rs 22.3 lakh. He asked the reasons for which Rs 22 lakh vehicle was given to chairman (transport, food, civil supplies and consumer affairs minister G S Bali) in the state government.

According to the government list, as chairman of Himachal road transport corporation, Bali was provided with another vehicle having cost of Rs 14.38 lakh, which he had returned. However, as chairman of two corporations, he has three vehicles worth Rs 50.54 lakh.

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Name of corporation and cost of vehicles:

Name of corporation Designation Cost of vehicles
Himachal Pradesh Housing and Urban Development Authority (HIMUDA) Chairman Rs 14.84 lakh
Vice-Chairman Rs 15.58 lakh
Name of corporation Designation Cost of vehicles
HP State Agriculture Marketing Board Chairman Rs 16.08 lakh
Vice-Chairman Rs 16.03 lakh
Name of corporation Designation Cost of vehicles
HP State Pollution Control Board Chairman Rs 13.21 lakh
Name of corporation Designation Cost of vehicles
HP Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.
Vice-Chairman Rs 14.34 lakh
Name of corporation Designation Cost of vehicles
HP State Co-Operative Milk Producers Federation Chairman Rs 12.81 lakh
Name of corporation Designation Cost of vehicles
HP State Forest Corporation Ltd. Chairman Rs 12.44 lakh
Vice-Chairman Rs 14.66 lakh
Name of corporation Designation Cost of vehicles
HP State Planning Board
Vice-Chairman Rs 13.17 lakh
Name of corporation Designation Cost of vehicles
HP State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd Chairman Rs 13.86 lakh and Rs 22.30 lakh
Name of corporation Designation Cost of vehicles
HP State Corporative Marketing & Consumer Federation Chairman Rs 10.25 lakh
Name of corporation Designation Cost of vehicles
HP Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation. Chairman Rs 13.79 lakh
Name of corporation Designation Cost of vehicles
HP Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Development Corporation Chairman Rs 9.7 lakh
Name of corporation Designation Cost of vehicles
HP Tourism Development Board
Vice-Chairman Rs 13.19 lakh
Name of corporation Designation Cost of vehicles
HP Water Management Board
Vice-Chairman Rs 14.56 lakh
Name of corporation Designation Cost of vehicles
HP Ex-Servicemen Corporation. Chairman Rs 11.4 lakh
Name of corporation Designation Cost of vehicles
HP State Wool Federation Limited Chairman Rs 11.68 lakh
Name of corporation Designation Cost of vehicles
Himachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board Chairman Rs 14.81 lakh
Name of corporation Designation Cost of vehicles
Himachal Road Transport Corporation. Chairman Rs 14.38 lakh
Name of corporation Designation Cost of vehicles
HP Board of School Education Chairman Rs 13.69 lakh

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