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Wednesday, 25 November 2020 4.58 PM IST

New row erupts over life mission; Rs 33 lakh spend just for official proclamation of programme

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: When the state is passing through a severe economic slump, the state government spent Rs 33 lakh just for the official proclamation of life programme. Earlier the programme’s cost was estimated to be Rs 30 lakh. But the government illegally added Rs three lakh without receiving the due consent from officers concerned. As the official documents revealing the government’s extravaganza has come to light, now protest and condemn is brewing up over the issue. The opposition, on the inauguration day of the programme itself, criticized the government over the unnecessary spending of taxpayers’ money.

The proclamation ceremony was conducted on 29th February, at Putharikandam Maidhanam. It was the chief minister who inaugurated the programme. The programme was conducted to mark the government’s feat of constructing two lakh homes under the life mission and a family get together of those who received homes under the life mission in Thiruvananthapuram district. The programme’s cost was estimated to be Rs 30 lakh but after the programme, it increased to Rs 33 lakh. Life mission authorities have justified the spike of cost saying that they had to bear some of the programme’s cost from their own accounts at the last minute.

They also said that the extra money spend by them without government’s nod was later compensated by the government itself. But the state government has warned them not to spend money in future without a prior nod from the state government.

The latest allegations on the proclamation ceremony of life mission come in the wake of other controversies surrounding the state government’s housing programme.

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