Chandigarh: Punjab Transport department spend Rs 97 crore on the maintenance of government vehicles provided to the Chief Minister, the deputy chief minister and the cabinet ministers in last 8 years. The figure (Rs 17.77 crore) was highest for the 2012-13 fiscal year.
The vehicles were purchased between 2007 and 2015 by the transport department for the use of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, his son and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and other ministers, as per the Right to Information (RTI) reply given to activist Jasdeepak Singh.
"The transport department spent more than Rs. 97 crore on government vehicles provided to the chief minister, deputy chief minister and the entire Cabinet from 2007 onwards till 2015. This is gross misuse of public funds for their personal use," said Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly Charanjit Singh Channi.
Channi further added as per the latest information, the expenditure on vehicles had now crossed the Rs. 100 crore-mark.