Planning Commission Changed the Foreign Travel Expenditure of Montek : RTI
By GOPAL PRASAD( RTI Activist) : An RTI reply by the Under Secretary Planning Commission, Sunita Beck confirmed that the expenditure of Rs.1,04,011 towards foreign travel (China –Japan , 21-29 April, 2007) of Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia ,Deputy chairman Planning Commission is shown inadvertenly due to typographic error. The expenditure actually incurred on on this visit is Rs.4,19,422 only. This RTI originally filed by Delhi based RTI Activist Gopal Prasad seeking information on various issues relating to expenditure incurred on the foreign travel , Pay & Perks of members of Planning Commission .
As per the guidelines issued by the PMO regarding Pay, Perquisites, Status etc applicable to members, Planning Commission from all walks of life have two options i.e. pay(less pension in case of retired officials),Dearness Allowance and perks of Secretary to the Govt. of India and status of Minister of State(MOS) or Pay, Daily Allowance Perks and Status applicable to an MOS plus pension(without dearness relief ) in case of retired officials.
Pro. Abhijit sen , Centre for Economic Studies and Planning , School of Social Sciences , JNU, New Delhi who assumed charge as Member Planning Commission opted for the pay of Rs. 80,000and dearness allowance Rs. 80,000 and other perquisites as applicable to secretary to the Govt of India . Residence on payment of licence fee , Medical Facilities- CGHS and reimbursement etc as per CS (MA)Rules,1944, TA/DA, Leave and Leave Salary calculated @11% of his basic pay plus dearness pay , CPF @12.5% of his basic pay , PF contribution minimum @10% of his basic pay to be deducted from his salary, LTC , staff car and personal staff.
Expenditure incurred on printing of Annual Report in Hindi and English are Rs. 13,34857 during the period 2007-12 .
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