Dr. Manmohan Singh has strongly defended the recent ‘reforms’, and stressed that that money does not grow on trees. But a Right to Information query revealed recently that the Prime Minister spent Rs 7,721 on each plate of dinner that was served at the third anniversary celebrations of the UPA-II government held at his residence in New Delhi in May. According to the reply received by activist Ramesh Verma, Rs 11,34,296 was spent on food at the dinner party. The extravaganza came at a time when the Planning Commission defined poverty level as Rs 32 per capita for urban areas and Rs 26 per capita for rural areas.
A sum of Rs 14,42,678 was spent on tent arrangements and Rs 26,444 was shelled out for flowers. The total bill of an ‘austere’ government’s dinner party was Rs 28,95,503.Dr Singh had invited 603 people for the party but only 375 invitees attended it, reports said.The Prime Minister’s Office was the charge of hospitality arrangements and the payment of the PMO’s dinner was made by the Central Public Works Department and the Foreign Ministry under the Hospitality grant. And if that’s not a slap on the face, here’s more.
A CNN-IBN Urban India Opinion Poll recently shows the recent economic reform move of the government has not gone down well with the urban India. The poll shows that while the price rise and corruption remain the major concerns for the urban India, there is also a massive anger over cap on LPG subsidy and diesel price hike among the people across the cities. The findings also suggest a lack of support for FDI in multi-brand retail. The poll was conducted in six cities immediately after the Trinamool Congress’ withdrawal of support to the UPA government. The 1,236 respondents were from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Lucknow. Given to the native and foreign companies which is resulting into displacement.