Roar for Tigers

UP top babu goes on Rs.25-lakh jungle safari at government’s expense

UP top babu goes on Rs.25-lakh jungle safari at government’s expense

Dec 28, 2014

SP leader claims it was an ‘official’ visit

  • Chief secretary Alok Ranjan and family visit Pilibhit Tiger Reserve  
  • Senior district officials scramble to ensure the visiting group’s comfort 
  • Rs 25 lakh spent, 20 generators installed at VVIP guest house
Pleasure trip: Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Alok Ranjan chose to play Santa Claus for his family and go on an ‘all-expenses-paid’ pleasure trip to the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve on December 25

Pleasure trip: Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Alok Ranjan chose to play Santa Claus for his family and go on an ‘all-expenses-paid’ pleasure trip to the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve on December 25

VIP travel: It was around 1pm on December 25 that the state government’s helicopter carried Ranjan and his family members to the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve

VIP travel: It was around 1pm on December 25 that the state government’s helicopter carried Ranjan and his family members to the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve

Chief Secratary Alok Ranjan pictured with his wife Surabhi Ranjan (right). The entire trip was kept as a closely-guarded secret, away from the eyes of the media

Chief Secratary Alok Ranjan pictured with his wife Surabhi Ranjan (right). The entire trip was kept as a closely-guarded secret, away from the eyes of the media

Public money

But, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party is mincing no words. “Whether the ministers or the bureaucrats in this state… they all are using public money on such lavish activities. If Ranjan was on an ‘official’ visit then why did he take his family along with him to celebrate Christmas holidays?” state BJP spokesperson Vijay Bahadur Pathak told Mail Today. It was around 1pm on December 25 that the state government’s helicopter carried Ranjan and his family members to the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve. Confirming this fact forest ranger K.P. Singh told Mail Today: “His chopper arrived here on December 25 afternoon. He was accompanied by his family members.” Ideally, the helicopter should not have landed there at all. But flouting all norms about wildlife protection, a helipad was hurriedly set up at the Chuka spot within the Reserve. The entire police machinery did whatever they could to ensure that the ‘illegal’ helipad becomes operational to ensure Ranjan and family’s safe landing inside the tiger turf.

Ranjan did not answer questions as to why his family accompanied him or about the expenses incurred by the government for this ‘private’ trip

Ranjan did not answer questions as to why his family accompanied him or about the expenses incurred by the government for this ‘private’ trip

 

 

 

As posted in Dailymail.co.uk (By Rajat Rai)

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