COURSTEY Mar 19 2017 : The Times of India (Chandigarh)
UT owes Citco Rs 12L for PM, Prez snacks & stay
Bills In Favour Of Hotel Mountview Uncleared For 3 Years
The UT department of hospitality has not cleared dues of Rs 12 lakh of Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (Citco) incurred during visits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee and other national and foreign dignitaries since 2014.
According to norms, the hospitality department takes care of expenditure during the visits of state guests.
Modi on October 18, 2016, had visited Himachal Pradesh transiting through the Chandigarh international airport. For refreshments at the airport, the department of hospitality wrote a letter on October 15 to Citco asking to make arrangements for about 25-30 people.A total of Rs 38,672 was spent.
A sum of Rs 1.06 lakh was spent during the visit of Mukherjee and his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin on November 20, 2016, who had come to take part in the 12th edition of the Confederation of Indian Industry's (CII) biennial agro technol ogy and business fair.
On request of the department, Citco provided refreshments at airport during the three visits of Union home Rajnath Singh on June 26, 2016, September 9, 2016, and October 17, 2016, spending Rs 40,639, Rs 40,959 and Rs 29,243, on the three occasions, respectively . An amount of Rs 7.97 lakh incurred on stay of helicopter crew of the President during three visits in 2015 March 15, June 8 and Ju n e 1 1 was also still pending. Citco has been repeatedly writing to the hospitality department for clearing the bills in favour of Hotel Mountview, the first five-star hotel of Chandigarh. Citco managing director (MD) Kavita Singh told TOI that they have been taking up the issue with the department of hospitality . “We have been informed that the department has sought budget to clear the pending dues,“ Kavita Singh said.
When contacted, UT director hospitality Jatinder Yadav said that they were in process of clearing all the pending bills.
As per the performance report for the period of 11 month of the current financial year, Hotel Mountview has in curred cash loss of Rs 3.19 lakh despite showing signs of re covery .
From last few years, Citco has been wit nessing fall in its rev enue. T here are around 900 employ ees working in differ ent units -indus trial and tourism of Citco, while a work force of around 500 has been hired on contract through service providers.
The corporation has to gener ate its own revenue to meet its expenditure