Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Indian Express - Choron ki Baraat

Why this article doesn't surprise me anymore....

MUMBAI, MAY 16: They talk of moderate consumption to tide over the severe power crisis in Maharashtra. But when it comes to walking that talk, the state’s ministers seem to have fallen short by miles—government records show that the Energy Minister and Rural Development Minister have run up electricity bills of around Rs 30,000 each.

All paid by the Public Works Department, from the taxpayer’s pocket.
The official bungalows of Energy Minister Dilip Walse-Patil has 10 ACs and that of Rural Development Minister Vijaysinh Mohite-Patil at least nine.
And this when their home constituencies—Walse-Patil’s Ambegaon near Pune and Mohite-Patil’s Aklooj down south—are reeling under nine-hour power cuts.

The Energy Minister’s power bills, records show, were Rs 28,789 in January, Rs 27,551 in February and Rs 29,201 in March. And the Rural Development Minister ran up bills of Rs 34,808 in January, Rs 30,870 in February and Rs 31,265 in March.

Lastly the minister says On his power bill, ‘‘I don’t pay. The government takes care of all that for ministers.’’

We know, Mr.Minister, We know we are to blame......we elected you.

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