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Gogoi spends crs in travels, house renovation
Published on 8 Dec. 2009 1:20 AM IST
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Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi lives in an official accommodation renovated at an expense of over Rs 2.20 crore, with the boundary wall of his premise alone costing another Rs 60 lakh while close to Rs 33 lakh has been spent in his travels outside the state since 2006 and his chopper rides cost another Rs two crore. These estimates were laid in the state Assembly in response to a written question today on the first day of the Winter Session, reported UNI. The state guest house situated atop the Koinadhora hill at Khanapara area of the city, which is being used by the chief minister as his official quarters, has been renovated at a whopping expenditure of Rs 2.21 crore. The renovation expenditures also include procurement of furniture and other fittings for the house. Another Rs 285 lakh has been sanctioned for repair of the road leading to the house atop the hill, though no money from this amount has been spent yet. The boundary wall along the hill has cost another Rs 59.96 lakh to the state exchequer. As regards the travel records of the chief minister, since 2006, he has visited other parts of the country on official purposes 64 times, while he has gone abroad six times during the same period. One of the six visits aborad had been for personal affairs, while the rest were official visits. These visits have cost the state Rs 32.63 lakh so far, while his chopper rides have cost additional Rs 2.11 crore. The helicopter rides by Mr Gogoi’s Cabinet colleagues have incurred expenditure of Rs 8.46 lakh since 2006, while other officiers’ chopper rides have cost another Rs 8.09 lakh.

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