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Controversy over Telangana Govt giving 32 Kia Carnival cars to bureaucrats

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao handed over the cars, costing at least Rs 25 lakh each, from his official residence, Pragati Bhavan.

Controversy over Telangana Govt giving 32 Kia Carnival cars to bureaucrats-VPN
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Hyderabad, First Published Jun 14, 2021, 7:57 AM IST
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The Telangana government's decision to hand over 32 Kia luxury cars to Additional Collectors on Sunday has triggered a controversy with the Opposition accusing K Chandrasekhar Rao of misusing funds.

Chief Minister KCR handed over the cars, costing at least Rs 25 lakh each, from his official residence, Pragati Bhavan.

Justifying its decision, the Telangana government cited easy mobility for the Additional Collectors when travelling to villages. The government was, however, silent on the procedure for procuring the 'comfortable' vehicles.

Both the BJP and Congress slammed the government decision to gift high-end cars to the bureaucrats.

Terming the move as irresponsible, the BJP condemned the splurge by the KCR government amid a public health challenge. The handover of the Kia Carnivals cars came on the day Telangana reported 1,280 new Covid-19 cases and 15 deaths. The number of active Covid-19 cases in Telangana stands at 21,137.

The Congress questioned the need for such a splurge when the state is reeling under severe financial crisis to upgrade Covid medical infrastructure or even buy state road transport buses.

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