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Over ` 2 crore spent on tours of ministers & babus in 2 years: CM

Govt spent maximum on Ajgaonkar’s and ex-Chief Secretary’s tours from 2017-19

07th August 2019, 03:34 Hrs

the goan I network

PANAJI

In the two years, 2018-19 and 2017-18, the State Government spent maximum amount on the tours of Deputy Chief Minister & Tourism Minister, Manohar Ajgaonkar and also Ex-Chief Secretary, Dharmendra Sharma.  

Ajgaonkar and Sharma topped the respective lists of ministers and bureaucrats on whose tours the government has spent money over the previous two years. 

Overall, the government spent around Rs 2.16 crores on the tours of all ministers and bureaucrats, put together, over 2018-19 and 2017-18.  

As per the information revealed by Chief Minister, Dr. Pramod Sawant, the government spent Rs 20.6 lakhs on Ajgaonkar’s tours and Rs 28.7 lakhs on Sharma’s tours. 

On Ajgaonkar’s overseas tours itself, the government spent Rs 19.4 lakhs. The remaining amount was spent on his tours within India.  

On Sharma’s overseas tours, the government spent Rs 16.2 lakhs and on his domestic tours it spent Rs 12.5 lakhs in two years. 

Among the ministers, the second highest amount was spent on the tours of Panchayat Minister, Mauvin Godinho.  

The government spent Rs 15.5 lakhs approximately on Godinho’s tours in 2017-18 and 2018-19.  

Meanwhile, it was also revealed that the government spent close to Rs 14.2 lakhs on the tours of  

Sidharth Kuncalienkar and others during two years.  

Ex-Water Resource Minister, Vinoda D. Paliencar, who has been recently removed from the cabinet also featured in the list of ministers on whose tours the government spent significant sums. 

On Paliencar’s tours, the government spent Rs 10.8 lakhs over the two years duration.  

It was further informed that the government spent Rs 11.9 lakhs on the tours of Upendra Joshi over the two years. 

Joshi was officer-on-special-duty (OSD) at Chief Minister’s Office when Manohar Parrikar was CM.  

Ex-PWD Minister, Ramkrishna Dhavlikar, also featured in the list, as the government spent Rs 9.3 lakhs on his tours over 2017-18 and 2018-19. Dhavlikar too has been removed from the cabinet few months back.  

The government spent Rs 10.1 lakhs on the tours of Chief Secretary, Parimal Rai. 

The information also revealed that the government had spent Rs 4.3 lakhs on Parrikar’s tours over the last two years.  

Other bureaucrats on whose tours, the government spent big bucks over the last two years are: Sanjay Gihar (Rs 9.4 lakhs) Sheo Pratap Singh (Rs 7.7 lakhs) and Daulat Hawaldar (Rs 6.2 lakhs).