Trivendra Singh Rawat had assumed charge as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand on March 18. As per the RTI response, the government spent over Rs 68 lakh on tea and snacks between March 18, 2017, and January 22, 2018.
The Uttarakhand government under Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has spent over Rs 68 lakh on refreshments in the ten months that it has been in office, the state secretariat has informed through an RTI response. The information was sought by Hemant Singh, an RTI activist, under provisions of the Right To Information Act.
As per the information divulged by the RTI officer, between March 18, 2017 (when Rawat took office) and January 22, 2018 (when the response was filed), a total amount of Rs 68,59,865 has been spent from government funds towards tea and snacks.
In a reply to an RTI query, RTI Officer states that after Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat assumed his office on 18th March 2017, Rs 68,59,865 of govt fund has been spent on refreshments and snacks for guests. pic.twitter.com/oQG9dqWmPM
— ANI (@ANI) February 6, 2018
Trivendra Singh Rawat is the CM of the hill-state that the Bharatiya Janata Party had swept the Assembly elections held last year. The elections saw the BJP displace the Harish Rawat-led Congress government in the state, winning 57 seats in the 70-strong assembly against 11 for the Congress.
The polls were held on February 15 and the results were declared on March 11. Trivendra Singh Rawat emerged as a surprise claimant to the CM’s post. An RSS ‘pracharak’ for close to two decades, Rawat was in-charge of the party’s Jharkhand unit before assuming charge as the Chief Minister.