Dispur spending funds like water: Gogoi

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, June 20: Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said that Dispur has been spending money like a drunken sailor, but has no cash to help flood-affected people.
Addressing the media at Rajiv Bhawan in the city today, Gogoi said: “The State Government is spending money like a drunken sailor for the Ambubachi Mela. Information is there that a section of devotees will be given air-conditioned facilities. On the contrary, this government holds its purse string when it comes to help the flood-affected people of the State. The condition of the city roads speaks volumes of as to how the State Government is tightfisted while spending money for the wellbeing of people of the State.”
Speaking on the Intertiol Yoga Day slated for June 21, Gogoi said: “Now the government is spending crores of rupees for holding the Intertiol Yoga Day. The government, however, doesn’t have money to help out the Anganwadis in the State. They did laugh at me for using choppers. Just go and see now that they spend money like water in chopper sorties.”
Reacting to the proposal of Dispur taking over Hotel Brahmaputra Ashoke and to make it a State guest house, Gogoi said: “What good job will it do for the State? In the event of another person becoming the Chief Minister, he/she will use it as his/her official residence. The current Chief Minister has already occupied a State guest house as his official residence. Rather the government should build the residence of the Chief Minister, not such guest houses.”
When the media asked for his comments on himself using a State Guest House, Koi-Dhora, as his official residence, Gogoi said: “When I was the Chief Minister, I had no quarters. Former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta was in the MLA Hostel. His wife requested me to let them stay where they were. And that left me with no altertive but to go to Koi-Dhora. This is the reason why I lay stress on building the official residence of the Chief Minister in the State.”   

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