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Chandigarh Municipal Corporation study tour: Report ‘skips’ record of councillors’ kin

The report also has no record of the family members who had accompanied the councillors in 2014, which led to a controversy following which an amount of Rs 9,000 each was deducted from the bank accounts of the councillors.

The details of family members who accompanied the councillors on study tours are missing in the report compiled by the Municipal Corporation.

The report also has no record of the family members who had accompanied the councillors in 2014, which led to a controversy following which an amount of Rs 9,000 each was deducted from the bank accounts of the councillors.

Councillor Satish Kainth, on whose plea the report was submitted by the accounts department, has written a fresh application stating that “wrong” information has been submitted intentionally. “It is surprising that despite being demanded by all the councillors, including me, the accounts department has given incomplete information,” said Kainth.

The fresh report only mentions the names of all the councillors who went on study tours from 2004 till date. The report has no details of the family members going on study tours with the councillors in the past.

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The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has spent nearly Rs 1.6 crore in the past 11 years on study tours to various locations. Among the 20 tours organised by the civic body since 2004, the one to Chennai, Kolkata and Andaman Nicobar in 2014 was the most expensive at Rs 20,39,264. Another trip to Coimbatore in 2011 cost Rs 16,39,700 to the exchequer. The next in line was a tour to Gangtok in 2010, in which as much Rs 16,07,791 was spent on 14 councillors and two officials. A tour to Singapore and Bangkok in 2007 cost Rs 15,10,560. Fifteen councillors went on this tour.

According to the report compiled by the chief accounts officer, most of the study tours were undertaken in 2010 with
Rs 58,07,023 spent during this year alone.

MC officials and councillors went on trips to Kolkata, Gangtok, Cochin and Thiruvanthapuram. A trip to Kerala by 14 councillors cost Rs 13,81,600, while a visit by 12 councillors to Kolkata and Gangtok cost Rs 13,89,032.

BJP councillor Satish Kainth had asked for a report on all study tours since 1996.