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‘Guj govt not giving info on CM's travel bills’

‘Guj govt not giving info on CMs travel bills’
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In a huge embarrassment to Narendra Modi who has been raising questions on the expenditure on foreign travels of Sonia Gandhi, an RTI activist in Gujarat has accused the state government of not providing details on the travel bills of the Chief Minister and his ministers for the last five years.

Vadodara-based RTI activist Trupti Shah has sent a letter to Modi, saying information about him and his Ministers' travel-related expenses, mostly by helicopter, during `women empowerment sammelans' had not been provided till date. Shah said she had filed a RTI application on 18 July, 2007 seeking details about the expenses incurred by the state government for organising the sammelans in 27 places across the state in 2007.

'The Chief Minister had organised women empowerment sammelans in 27 places in Gujarat in 2007 just before the assembly polls and I have asked under RTI about expenses of this sammelan particularly because the women of Gujarat are asking for implementation of Domestic Violence Act and appointment of protections officers which have been denied due to lack of funds,' she said.

Shah alleged she was denied the information even after repeated reminders. She said the state's General Administrative Department, in a letter dated 1 November, 2007, provided the list of 27 places visited by Modi.

But regarding the travelling expenses, the letter stated 'the office of the CM did not mention the travelling expenses and so the CM's travelling expenses may be considered nil.'  
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