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Tea & snacks spending stun us

07, Feb 2018 By shakeel ahmad

It is really getting annoying to the public when they happen to come across about the huge amounts of money spent on tea and snacks at the government level. In a recent disclosure, it has been made out that the state governments feel no compunction in using up huge amounts in entertaining guests. Can these amounts not utilise on welfare works for the poor? This is a big question.

When the VVIP culture has no place in the present-day politics, there is no sense in spending in dribs and drabs. The state governments find no accountability towards the poor who bring them to power on the basis of assurances made to them. But the promises seem to be propelled into thin air since the politicians assume the seat of power.

No political party lags behind in this generous spending on tea and snacks. The tall claims to bring prosperity for the poor are put behind and there remains no rise in the poor-oriented welfare programmes by the state governments. What they begin to follow is just opposite to their pre-polls statements. The big figure confuses us.

If we take into account the expenditures on tea and snacks during the Akhilesh government in Uttar Pradesh, it touched the amount of almost Rs 9 crores on only tea, samosa and gulab jamun over a length of four years. Moving further, the Harish Rawat government in Uttarakhand had spent nearly 1.5 crores between February 2014 and July 2016 on tea and breakfast.

However, the BJParty is not too simple. The eight-month-old T S Rawat government in Uttarakhand spent a sum of Rs 68,59, 865 on tea and snacks. Its duration of one year is yet to complete. Such expenses are said to be natural and within the limit. The party leaders regard it right in their soft, breathy voice.