UPA ministers spent Rs 300 cr on travels in last 3 yrs
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Last Updated: Monday, November 09, 2009, 18:13
New Delhi: Cabinet ministers in the first term of the UPA government spent more than Rs 300 crore on their foreign and domestic travels in the last three years.

The data provided by the Cabinet Secretariat shows more than Rs 137 crore were spent by ministers of Cabinet rank on the foreign travels between fiscal 2006-07 and 2008-09 with highest in the year 2007-08 when more than Rs 115 crore were spent by them on such travels.

Surprisingly, the expenses incurred on the domestic travels of Cabinet ministers during the period were more than the amount spent on their visits abroad.

There were about 30 ministers of the Cabinet rank during the first term of the UPA government.

The records show that during the three-year period, the ministers spent more than Rs 163 crore on their travels within the country.

The expenditure incurred by them during 2008-09 was Rs 94.4 crore, which was 38 percent more than the cumulative expenditure incurred on domestic travels in the previous two years.

The details were given in an RTI reply to activist SC Agrawal by the Cabinet Secretariat.

The reply also states that Ministers of State in the Union Cabinet had spent about Rs 21 crore on their travels abroad during the period, while Rs 27 crore were spent on their domestic visits.

About Rs 127 crore were spent by the central ministers in 2008-09, Rs 138.7 crore in 2007-08 and about Rs 82.3 crore during 2006-07 on their visits abroad as well as within the country.

The reply from the Cabinet Secretariat did not give any further breakup of expenses in different heads as they are held by the Drawing and Disbursing Officers (DDO) of different ministries.

"This office does not have any record of any individual Minister as all the expenditure is booked under one respective head of account of all the ministers. As per existing rules of Receipts and Payments Rules the details of each and every payment to the individual concerned by the DDO of that Ministry," J L Khurana, Senior Accounts Officer at Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension said.

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First Published: Monday, November 09, 2009, 18:13

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