Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray gave a particular nod for the acquisition as the entire price of the automobiles was exceeding the accepted restrict of Rs 20 lakh.
- Last Updated: July 4, 2020, 5:30 PM IST
- Edited by: Bharvi Dasson
As each the Centre and state governments reel beneath an financial disaster resulting from a chronic lockdown attributable to the coronavirus pandemic, the Maharashtra authorities has given particular permission to purchase six high-end automobiles for 4 ministers, a bureaucrat and one other division. These automobiles would roughly price the exchequer Rs 1.37 crore.
The six automobiles are Innova Crysta seven-seaters, with every costing Rs 22.83 lakh. These will likely be utilized by School Education minister Varsha Gaikwad, her deputy (MoS) Bachchu Kadu, Sports Minister Sunil Kedar, his deputy Aditi Tatkare, Additional Chief Secretary of School Education and Sports Department, whereas the sixth automobile is for the division’s official use.
The transfer has drawn flak from the opposition BJP, which has questioned the Shiv Sena-led dispensation over its priorities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Government Resolution (GR) issued on July three stated Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and the automobile evaluation committee of the state finance division accepted the proposal to buy a seven-seater multi-utility automobile for Gaikwad as a particular case. The complete quantity of Rs 22,83,086 for the automobile consists of the automobile price, GST, registration costs and equipment, it stated.
Leader of Opposition within the Assembly Devendra Fadnavis, nonetheless, questioned the federal government’s transfer. “How can purchasing vehicles for ministers be the priority of the government in the present scenario?” he requested.
“Buying vehicles cannot be the priority of the government at a time when it is allegedly deferring salaries of employees including health workers due to the COVID-19 crisis,” he stated.
“In such a situation, vehicles are being purchased. So, this leads to a question — ‘what is the government’s priority?’. In such a situation, the chief minister and finance minister should follow strict policy,” he stated.
So far, Maharashtra has sustained a income loss of over Rs 50,000 crore previously 4 months resulting from financial actions throughout the Covid-19 lockdown.
(With inputs from PTI)