Srinagar: Even as the cash-starved J&K government is scrambling to shore up its finances, the PDP-BJP government has ordered 100 Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) for legislators for a whopping Rs 11 crore.
An order issued the by Home Department, headed by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, said the government would procure the (Mahindra Scorpio) vehicles for above Rs 11 lakh each at DGS&D rates during the current fiscal.
“Sanction is accorded to procurement of 100 Mahindra Scorpio vehicles on DGS&D rates of Rs 11,26,208 per vehicle in favour of the Director General of Police, J&K, for use of Hon’ble MLAs/MLCs during the current financial year 2015-16,” said the order signed by Principal Secretary to government, Home Department, RK Goyal.
It directs that the vehicles be procured through the state motor garages to ensure formalities are met, while saying that the funds would be placed at the disposal of police headquarters on receipt of allocation from the finance department.
Former CM Omar Abdullah used the opportunity to mock the PDP on allegations of inheriting empty coffers from the Omar-led coalition government. Tweeting about the order, Omar said “The PDP President (Mehbooba Mufti) claimed they inherited empty coffers when they clearly have enough money to buy 100 new Scorpios.”
Social media was also abuzz with people criticising the government for spending such an amount on legislators while the flood-affected people have been left to fend for themselves.