“I have already ordered an inquiry. Whoever is held responsible will be punished,” Rawat said. According to reports, during the 2013 disaster in Uttarakhand, when lakhs of people went hungry, officials of the state government were busy utilizing the Rs 7000 per day allowance given to them for supervising relief efforts.

Even as over 5,000 people were killed and hundreds were stranded without food and water during the 2013 Uttarakhand floods, officials supervising relief efforts stayed luxuriously in hotels, binged on mutton chops and chicken, and made a host of financial irregularities, an RTI response has revealed.

Through the RTI replies, several glaring examples of forged and inflated bills had come to the light which showed officials billed the exchequer Rs 194 for half a litre milk, enjoyed stay in hotels which were over Rs 7,000 per day, relished mutton, chicken, cottage cheese and gulab jamuns.

In fact, some officials even claimed to have started relief work in January 2013, six months before Uttarakhand was ravaged by floods in June.

"There are instances when the hotel stay of officers have been shown for period before the tragedy struck on June 16, 2013. The price for half litre of milk has been shown as Rs 194, while items like mutton, chicken, eggs, gulab jamun are also shown much higher than market rates," complainant Bhupendra Kumar of National Action Forum for Social Justice said.

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