Abhishek Vajpayee, Amar Ujala, Chandigarh
Published by: ajay kumar
Updated Thu, 14 Oct 2021 11:09 AM IST
New vehicles are bought every five years in the cabinet. Officials of the Minister’s Car Wing office have told that it is easy to sell vehicles that are up to five years old and also get good prices in the market. Therefore, every five years, the vehicles of the Chief Minister’s and ministers’ convoys are replaced.
Charanjit Singh Channi (file photo)
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After taking over as the Chief Minister of Punjab, Charanjit Singh Channi had announced that his government would be Aam Aadmi Ki Sarkar, the work that would be done would be for the common people. Looking at the financial condition of the state, he had said that as little burden as possible would be put on the exchequer, but contrary to these claims, the additional burden of purchasing luxury cars worth crores of rupees for the state visits of the ministers was put on the exchequer.
On behalf of the new government, a proposal was sent to the Finance Department to buy 27 new Innova vehicles. The Finance Department rejected this proposal of the government saying that the state is currently facing financial crisis, so new vehicles cannot be bought, but after the pressure of the government and the new Chief Minister, the Finance Department gave its approval to the tune of Rs 4.25 crore. budget allocated.
Only 26 luxury vehicles have come in this amount. The work of registration of vehicles has also been started in Mohali. According to departmental sources, these new vehicles will be included in the convoys of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, two Deputy Chief Ministers and cabinet ministers.
Financial conditions are not good, 2.73 lakh crore debt in 10 years
Punjab has become a debtor of 2.73 lakh crore in the last 10 years. In the last financial year 2020-21, Rs 20823 crore had to be taken as a loan. Things are not good in this financial year also. Due to this, in 2021-22 also, a loan of more than 20 thousand crores has been taken to meet the financial needs.
Punjab: Debt figure for five years
- Financial Year Loan Installment (in Crore)
- 2015-16 128835 9782
- 2016-17 182526 11642
- 2017-18 195152 15334
- 2018-19 211917 16306
- 2019-20 228906 17625
- 2020-21 252880 18589
- 2021-22 273703 20316