Bhopal: The maintenance of bungalows allotted to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan and his Cabinet speaks volume about the misuse of the public exchequer in Madhya Pradesh. A whopping amount of Rs 1.20 crore has been used for the upkeep of the residential accommodations of the CM and his team. Chauhan and his 32 Ministers have consumed power worth Rs 45 lakh in past eight months.

The renovation at the vacant residence of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan had given a burden of Rs 9.5 lakh on the state coffers.

The details came into light after PWD Minister Nagendra Singh through a written reply answered the queries raised by Congress MLA Panchilal Medha in the state assembly.

Medha has asked the PWD department about the expenses incurred on maintenance of ministers’ residences since April 2011.

Since April this year, apart from Rs 9.5 lakh losses on Chauhan’s vacant residence which had been allotted to him when he was a Parliamentarian, another Rs 18 lakh have been expended on his house at ‘Six-Shyamlal Hills’. Moreover, the expenses on electricity bills are worth Rs 53,000.

After the Chief Minister, Culture Minister Laxmikant Sharma holds the second position in the list of expenses. Rs 11.38 lakh have been spent on his residence in the past eight months.

Huge amounts have also been used for the maintenance of residence allotted to several ministers including Urban Administration and Development Minister Babulal Gaur, Bijendra Gupta, School Education Minister Archana Chitnis.

JPN/Bureau