Chandigarh, July 26
Even as study tours in the past did not yield the desired results and ended up being labeled as mere junkets, the local municipal corporation is now planning a tour of Goa.
As part of the proposed four-day “study tour” of the North Goa Municipal Solid Waste Management Plant, all councilors along with officers will be taken at the cost of Rs 14.72 lakh paid by the taxpayer. It includes the cost of transportation, accommodation and travel expenses.
Funds will expire
New councilors need to see and understand the project. After the visit we make a report. In addition, funds will expire if not used. Sarabjit Kaur, Mayor
The agenda in this regard will be submitted for approval to the House meeting on Friday.
The municipality has spent more than Rs 2 crore on so-called study trips over the past ten years, but the projects have rarely been implemented.
“This tour and travel of councilors is a mockery of the system. Regardless of the political party, this is a pure waste of public money. Such tours make no sense. If study visits are to be made at all, only experts or HODs should be allowed in and then file a report in the House later,” said RK Garg, president of Second Innings Association, a senior citizen body.
City-based social activist Likhmaram Budania said: “These are purely leisure trips. In this digital age, everything is available online. Where is the need to spend public money to visit touristic places?”
However, Mayor Sarabjit Kaur justified the move by saying: “The waste processing plant in Goa is running successfully. There are many new councilors who need to see and understand the project. After the visit we make a report. We also have separate funds for study trips. If we don’t use them, they will expire.” Based on previous visits, some projects have been carried out here, she added.
2015 Paris visit
In 2015, UT advisor Home Secy and Secy, Personnel went on a seven-day visit to Paris to meet about the architectural works of Le Corbusier. It cost treasury rupees.