Todays dailies shocked me in its literal sense!
Its my routine to start off the day with reading the news papers at as early as 5.45 in the early mornings. Like any other day, I was sifting through the news papers. It was then; this report stuck to my eyes and kept me literally baffled, frustrated and disgruntled.
There was a report, that the repairs, renovation and refurbishing of my Official residence has cost state exchequer by a whopping 16.20 lakhs.
I have always believed that Government’s money is peoples’ money. We the politicians should always be conscious about this. This “award” of early morning deeply hurt me and was sufficient to keep astonished for rest of the whole day!
Memories are still afresh. We bought our house in Sriramapuram during 1993, for a mere 5 lakhs. Where is the connection? Now the repair cost of this building has cost “peoples’ money” by 16.20 lakhs.
Now the report has gone public. I had to clarify my stand. I discussed these things with my officials and asked them to write a letter requesting the Chief Secretary to order an enquiry about how the purchase process is done at the Government level. The letter was ready by and was sent to reach the Chief Secretary. Media houses were also dispatched with the copies of the letter. My intent here was:
o To prove that I am not a “thick skinned” politician as all the politicians are perceived to be by the people.
o To distance myself from this profit making government contracts.
o To expose the racket of nexus between the Engineers and the contractors.
I heard that, Chief Secretary has ordered to hold an enquiry. Should see where this goes!
Will you support me here?
-S. Suresh kumar