While the aam aadmi (common man) struggle to accumulate such huge amount of money to buy one comfortable flat in metro cities, politicians in the country enjoy such luxury. One or two BHK (Bed room, Hall, Kitchen) flat in a metro city comes in Rs 51 lakh.
According to a report published by DNA, it has been revealed that India taxpayers spent Rs 51 lakh to fit and maintain electrical fittings at the house of Sonia Gandhi.
In a reply to RTI query, Central Public Works Department (CPWD) informed that it spent Rs 51,43,318 for maintaining the electrical fittings at 10 Janpath, the official residence of UPA chairperson for the fiscal year of 2013-14.
Gandhis want to keep everything simple but their aides are too demanding
The same agency had spent Rs 7,82,968 and Rs 2,65,681 for the year 2010-11 and 2011-12 respectively. One CPWD official was quoted as saying, "The house has halogen lights, which are controlled by regulators."
"These regulators are expensive and do not last for very long. They need to be changed regularly," added the senior official. According to current market price, such regulators are priced between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 each and Mrs Gandhi's house has nine such regulators.
"We have to ensure regular maintenance of these ACs as well," informed the office while adding that the CPWD installed three ACs in the house and Mrs Gandhi herself installed many other ACs inside her house.
Meanwhile, replies to the RTI queries also revealed that Mrs Gandhi's son and daughter -- Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra too have been enjoying such luxury on the expense of the taxpayers.
The daily reported that to maintain electric fittings at the house of Rahul Gandhi at 12 Tughlak Road, CPWD had spent Rs 3,80,320 in fiscal year 2013-14 and Rs 1,51,934 for the year 2012-13.
However, it also has been reported that Gandhis want to keep everything simple, but their close associates always are too demanding.
One official, on the condition of anonymity, was quoted as saying, "Rahul Gandhi runs an office from home and more than him, it is his party workers who create a fuss about what they want in the house."
The agency had spent Rs 18,98,231 during 2013-14 to maintain the electric fittings in ailing former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's house.