Rajasthan government has no information on Vasundhara Raje’s foreign tours as opposition leader

Jaipur(PTI): Rajasthan government does not have any record about Vasundhara Raje’s foreign tours between February 2009 and February 2013 when she was the leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, an RTI query has found.

The state Information Commission has served second notice to Public Information Officer of state Assembly asking the concerned authority to be present at the Commission with the required information on January 1, 2016.
RTI activist and teacher Satayanarayan Gujjar had sought details about the domestic and foreign tours of Raje and the then Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot between February 2009 and February 2013.

While information on Gehlot’s tours and Raje’s domestic trips were given, the Assembly secretariat said details of her foreign tours were not available, Gujjar said. Information and records regarding foreign tours, official as well personal, by Leader of Opposition Vasundhara Raje are not available with the government, the RTI reply said. Raje, as Leader of Opposition, made 69 trips outside Rajasthan including 56 to Delhi and six to Mumbai, and 33 tours to districts in Rajasthan from February 18, 2009, to February 19, 2013, the reply from the Secretariat of state Assembly stated.

Travelling Allowance (TA) and Daily Allowance (DA) in these domestic tours came to Rs 10,21,134. Gehlot made 132 domestic trips as Chief Minister in four and a half years – 99 times to Delhi and 33 times to Mumbai – and Rs 9,81,687 was spent on these trips, it said. Gehlot also made three foreign tours – to New York (USA) and London from July 1 2010 to July 9, 2010 and to Israel from April 25 2013 to May 2, 2013 – it said.

Airline expenses to New York and London was calculated at Rs 4,08,166 and to Israel at Rs 3,97,938. Another RTI query on the expenses of swearing-in ceremony of Raje’s current government on December 13, 2013 revealed that Rs 13,48,320 was spent from entertainment fund of the state government on heavy flower decoration of the stage and Rs 1,00,157 were sanctioned for mineral water bottles.