Cong demands white paper on spending by Badal family
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 21:20
  
Chandigarh: The Congress on Wednesday alleged it was refused information under the RTI Act on details of expenditures made by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his family on foreign trips, personal security cover, among others, and demanded a white paper on the spendings.

"I was refused information under the RTI Act about their (Badal and family) security cover, travel expenses, etc under the pretext of secrecy," Punjab Congress spokesperson Sukhpal Singh Khaira said.

"The Badal family, true to its feudal style, for the last four years has put more burden on debt-ridden public exchequer for personal whims and fancies," he alleged and demanded a white paper on "wasteful and unproductive expenditure" incurred by the Badal family.

The white paper should include expenses on security, tours and travels, medical expenses, hospitality, electricity and telephone bills and expenses of the staff of CM and Deputy CM and the charges for usage of helicopter.

Spending crores of rupees annually on usage of helicopter is uncalled for, Khaira said and alleged official choppers were often used by Badal's family members and close relatives for personal trips.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 21:20


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