Shouldn’t there be a ceiling on how much can be spent from the public exchequer on sprucing up or maintaining the residence of a chief minister or ministers?
After spending close to Rs 15 crore on his residence in Tadepalli in Andhra Pradesh, now an amount of Rs 35.5 lakh has been sanctioned from the exchequer towards electrical and electromechanical works at Jagan’s Lotus Pond residence in Hyderabad. To ensure there are no administrative hurdles in government spending on a private residence, the Hyderabad home also has been designated as Camp office cum residence of the Andhra Pradesh CM.
Clearly the fact that Andhra Pradesh is starved for funds and the revelations of the splurge on the Tadepalli residence has not stopped the government from spending big. At a time when those at the top ought to be leading by example, this is really setting a wrong precedent.