Archive for June, 2012


When a country is facing economic crisis, widening fiscal deficit and struggling with policy measures amid fund crisis, the Planning Commission spent Rs 30 lakh on building a luxury toilet for its specified category of employees. Inflating it further, an additional 500,000 rupees has been spent in installing a security system that ensures only those with a “smart card” can enter.

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Justifying the investment, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia said that it was a rational investment due for a long time. But the justification seemed fake when we look at government repeatedly pleading for austerity measures to control India’s spiraling fiscal deficit.

Though, the news is not shocking keeping in light the misuse of the fund in the past, but it now appears as if the gaffe-prone leaders continue to put their own comfort before the economic and social needs of the country.

In a country where millions of people defecate in the field daily, this money could have been used to construct thousands of toilets in the country. It’s time to think before it gets too late….