While the Delhi government might have been advising the city schools to ban fatty foods from their canteens, the Ministers themselves do not shy away from indulging themselves in the crunchy snack of samosa themselves. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Cabinet seems to be a little too fond of the oily snack. According to the response to an RTI query filed by one Vivek Garg, Kejriwal and his six-member Cabinet has spent over Rs one crore on tea and samosas, ordered for their guests in the past 18 months! But who’s paying for this fatty indulgence? The taxpayer!
According to a report in the New Indian Express, the CM drew up a bill of Rs 47.29 lakh- Rs 22,42,320 at his secretariat office and Rs 24,86,921 at his residence camp office- for tea and snacks, as revealed in the response filed by Kishan Lal, Deputy Secretary at the General Administration Department. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia came second; he spent Rs 11,28,429. His residence office had a bill of Rs 5,66,304 and his secretariat office Rs 5,62,125. Gopal Rai, who was removed as transport minister after allegation of corruption in premium bus scheme, spent a few thousands less than Sisodia at Rs 11,06,272: Rs 5,44,856 at secretariat and Rs 5,61,416 at residential office.
Sandeep Kumar, who was sacked this week from the post of social welfare minister and suspended from the party membership on Saturday after his sex tapes appeared in public, fed his guests at an expense of Rs 9,11,179 lakh: Rs 4,97,346 in the secretariat and Rs 4,13,833 in residential office. Health minister Satyendra Jain came very close to Kumar. He shelled out Rs 9,10,311. His camp office bill was Rs 3,57,303 and Rs 5,53,008 was the expenditure incurred on a pilot vehicle in last 18 months.
Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra spent less at his residence office compared to other cabinet ministers. The expenditure on snacks and tea was Rs 36,232 at his residence but Rs 5,93,858 was splurged at the secretariat, which is just below the amount Kejriwal spent. In total, he spent Rs 6,30,090. Least amount (Rs 5,89,121) was spent by Minister of Food and Civil Supply Imran Hussain. The snacks bill at his residence and office was Rs 1,67,933 and Rs 4,21,188. The expenditure incurred on petrol and maintenance of vehicles attached to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in the past 18 months was Rs 3.3 lakh. Interestingly, Rs 3.9 lakh was spent on a pilot vehicle.