Delhi: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s office have been spent of Rs.9420 per day since last 3 years so that the total amount of Rs 1.03 crore (Rs 1,03,04,162) in the three years of his tenure on tea and snacks. The information was revealed by a Haldwani based RTI activist who had filed a query in February in this regard.
The RTI reply also stated that total expenses incurred on Kejriwal’s journeys since he became chief minister of Delhi stood at Rs 11.99 lakh.
As per the reply received by the activist Hemant Singh Gauniya earlier this week, the expenses in financial year 2015-16 on tea and snacks were calculated to be Rs 23.12 lakh whereas in financial year 2016-17, total amount of Rs 46.54 lakh was spent. In year 2017-18, Rs 33.36 lakh was spent on tea and snacks at the Delhi CM’s office. Notably, a RTI query in 2016 had revealed that Kejriwal drew up a bill of Rs 47.29 lakh – Rs 22,42,320 at his secretariat office and Rs 24,86,921 at his residence camp office- for tea and snacks.
Commenting on the expenses, Gauniya said, “This is an expense which should be controlled and the money should be spent on people who are not in a condition to afford a single meal in a day. I hope the government will cut such expenses for good of the people.” Attempts to contact the Delhi CM’s office for comments had yielded no results at the time of filing this report.
The break up of the expenses point out that the money was spent in two offices of the Delhi CM- his office in the secretariat and his camp office.
The CM moved into a complex with two duplex flats, with five bedrooms each on Bhagwan Das Road in central Delhi in 2014. Kejriwal lives in one of the duplex apartments with his family, while another one acts as his camp office.
Break up of his expenses reveal that in year 2015-16 out of total Rs 23,12,430, expenses of the camp office stood at Rs 5,59,280 while expenses of tea and snacks in his secretariat office stood at Rs 17,53,150.
In year 2016-17 out of total money of Rs 46,54,833 spent on tea and snacks, Rs 15,91,631 was spent in the secretariat office while Rs 30,63,202 was spent in his camp office.
In financial year 2017-18 in which total figure spent on tea and snacks by Delhi CM stood at Rs 33,36,899, expenses in the secretariat office were Rs 6,92,284 while in the camp office, it was Rs 26,44,615.
In a similar RTI filed by the same activist in Februray this year, it was revealed that Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat spent over Rs 68 lakh on snacks and refreshment for his guests in 10 months of his tenure.
In 2016, Uttar Pradesh was in the news for UP government’s expense of nearly Rs 9 crore on tea and snacks for its ministers in four years since the Samajwadi Party (SP) had come to power