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Fund-starved Cong holds iftar with contributions, minus luxury

Congress state president Nirmal Khatri with party’s senior leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi and P L Punia at an iftar organised at party head office in Lucknow on Thursday.   (Source: IE photo by Vishal Srivastav) Congress state president Nirmal Khatri with party’s senior leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi and P L Punia at an iftar organised at party head office in Lucknow on Thursday. (Source: IE photo by Vishal Srivastav)
Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Posted: July 25, 2014 2:16 am

Adding to the Congress’s woes, the party’s Uttar Pradesh unit is facing a fund crunch and has reportedly failed to pay this month’s salary to about 80 of its employees working at the state headquarters.

Besides, the workers had contributed among themselves to host the iftar party, held by the UPCC Thursday.

An employee, on the condition of anonymity, said the salary usually gets credited in their account during the first week of every month, but they are still to receive it this month (for June).

There are about 80 members (including peons, drivers, accountants, computer operators etc) employed at the Congress’s state unit.
A leader informed that around Rs 8 lakh to Rs 9 lakh is spent every month as payment of salaries to the staff.

Sources in the party say that the fund crunch is due to the “curtailment in the AICC budget”.

Faced with the monetary crunch, state leaders have now curtailed some of the “unnecessary expenses”. “We curtailed unnecessary luxury expenses like water-proof tents, sofas, etc for the iftar, which had cost around Rs 2-4 lakh last year,” party state president Nirmal Khatri said.

The leader added the budget for the state unit has been curtailed to almost half while admitting that the payment of salaries to the employees this month is pending.

It may be mentioned that after the Lok Sabha election, the Congress took an austerity drive and called back vehicles from the zonal offices while also reducing the number of telephone connections.

About the preparations for iftar, a senior party leader said it has been a tradition which they did not want to break.

And so, as a result, leaders such as Khatri, CLP leader Pradeep Mathur, Naseeb Pathan as well as AICC general secretary Madhusudan Mistry and others contributed from Rs 5000 to Rs 10,000.

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