The opposition has accused the Telangana government of spending extravagantly at the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. The government has procured 32 new KIA Carnival cars for 32 additional district collectors, each with an estimated cost of Rs 25-30 lakh. Opposition leaders have alleged that these purchases were made at a time when the state is in debt of about Rs 40,000 crore. Apart from this, Corona is battling the epidemic.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao inspected the vehicles, following which Telangana Transport Minister Puvvada Ajay Kumar on Sunday flagged off the cars at Pragati Bhavan, the residence of the Chief Minister in Hyderabad. State Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar and other officials were also present during this.
The BJP has termed Chief Minister Rao’s move to “please the bureaucrats” in the state as a “criminal hoax”. Party spokesperson Krishna Sagar Rao asked, “How can Chief Minister Rao justify spending over Rs 11 crore to buy 32 ultra-luxury vehicles?”
He said, “He is indulging in this massive waste of public money amid a dreaded pandemic, while many poor people are dying of debt burden due to COVID-19 hospitalization. This decision…horrible and unimaginable.” is.”
His party has demanded immediate withdrawal of this decision. Congress’s D Shravan Kumar, on the other hand, described the move as “audacious”. “This is how KCR has pushed the surplus state of Telangana into a debt trap with huge debt of 40 thousand crores. They already have government cars in good condition,” he said.
The Congress spokesperson alleged that the TRS government was misusing public money by buying cars for bureaucrats instead of increasing the number of beds in government hospitals or buying buses for public transport.
Finance Minister Harish Rao had recently said that Telangana had suffered massive revenue loss of up to ₹4500 crore due to the COVID-19 lockdown and raised fiscal responsibility and budget management limits from 4 to 5 per cent to raise more debt. An increase was sought.
Justifying the purchase of luxury cars, the Chief Minister said that additional collectors need such vehicles, which can tour the entire district and discharge their duties. In 2015, the Toyota Fortuner was given to the district collectors. He said that Telangana had only 10 districts at that time.
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