The Maharashtra government spent Rs 8 crore on the bhoomi pujan of the proposed grand memorial to Chhatrapati Shivaji in the Arabian Sea off Mumbai coast on December 24, revealed supplementary demands tabled in the legislature on Monday.
As per the data provided by the Public Works Department, Rs 8 crore were released for organising the function and its publicity as well.
Here is what you need to know:
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi had performed the bhoomi pujan of the memorial at a widely publicised function.
- Modi had also laid the foundation of Mumbai Metro line, Sewree-Nhava-Sheva Trans Harbour Link project and new railway projects under Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) on the same day.
- The PWD has revealed that the amount spent on the function was withdrawn from the contingency fund as it was an expenditure of urgent nature.
- Leader of opposition in the legislative council Dhananjay Munde criticised the government over the extravagant spending.
- "Contingency fund must be used only when there is some sort of urgency. When we demand financial assistance to the farmers, the government reasons lack of funds in fulfilling the demand. On the other hand, it has used contingency fund for publicity of its event. It is disgusting," he said.
- The revelation comes days after reports said that over 3,000 debt-ridden farmer committed suicide in Maharashtra in 2016.
- Out of which, family members of only 1,621 deceased farmers received compensation.