Akhilesh govt spent Rs 1.6 cr on decorating ministers’ homes

The Akhilesh Yadav government spent more than Rs 1.62 crore on interior decoration of the official residences of its ministers in the first five months of the government.

In response to an RTI application, the Public Works Department (PWD) has furnished details of the money the government spent on the bungalows of the CM and 42 other ministers between March 16 and July 31 this year. Akhilesh had taken oath as chief minister on March 15. According to the RTI reply, the maximum expenditure of Rs 19.11 lakh was made on the bungalow of PWD Minister Shivpal Yadav at 7, Kalidas Marg, located close to 5, Kalidas Marg, the residence of the chief minister. The Estate Department spent Rs 15.97 lakh on the bungalow of Minority Welfare and Urban Development Minister Azam Khan who stays at 3, Vikramaditya Marg. Azam Khan and Shivpal are number 2 and 3, after the chief minister, in the protocol.

An amount of Rs 9.45 lakh was spent on the bungalow at 8, Kalidas Marg, allotted to Food and Civil Supplies Minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya. The department spent Rs 7.26 lakh on the residence of Minister of State for PWD and Irrigation Surendra Singh Patel who stays at flat number 402 in the multi-storey apartment in Dalibagh area. An amount of Rs 5.46 lakh was spent on 16, Kalidas Marg, the bungalow of Panchayati Raj Minister Balram Yadav.

The expenditure on the residences of other ministers ranges between Rs 4.21 lakh and Rs 2.27 lakh. The Estate Department provided funds for interior decorative works whereas PWD was the working agency. Rajya Sampati Adhikari Raj Kishore Yadav said, "The Estate Department provided funds for decoration and making various arrangements in the bungalows as per the demands of the ministers." A PWD official said, "The ministers had demanded new sofas, beds, curtains, tiles on the floors, bathroom fittings and painting on walls." The official said that ministers had personally checked the sample pieces of the curtains, sofas, tiles and selected costly items.

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