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Issue of extra L.T.C payment to Haryana M.L.As under consideration of P.A.C of Vidhansabha
Sumit Kumar, Secretary of Haryana Vidhansbha has informed Chandigarh based advocate cum activist, H. C. Arora that issue of alleged double payment of L.T.C to twenty six legislators which figured in CAG report is under consideration of Public Accounts Committee of the State Assembly. Further action in this matter will be taken after a final decision is taken by the Committee.

 In a letter dated January 15th, Sumit Kumar  has defended double payment of Leave Travel facility to 26 Haryana MLAs, by stating that under Rule 7 (1) of “Haryana Legislative Assembly (Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members) Act, 1975”.  As per the Act, every MLA is entitled to reimbursement of expenses incurred by him and his family members, for travelling to any place in India or outside India, through any mode of transport, for undertaking such journey, subject to a maximum of two lac rupees per annum. The letter was written in response to a legal notice served to him December 14 by H. C. Arora.

Sumit Kumar has further stated in his letter that the MLAs under reference were re-elected as Members of Haryana Vidhan Sabha and were paid free travel facility as per provisions of aforesaid rules, as per their entitlement.  It is interesting to note that same defence was taken by Secretary, Haryana Vidhan Sabha before CAG, which was rejected by the latter.

Significantly enough, Sumit Kumar has disclosed in his letter that the Report No.3 of year 2013 submitted by the CAG on Social, General and Economic Sector (Non-Public Sector Undertakings) on Haryana for the year ended 31st March, 2012, “is under consideration of the Public Accounts Committee, and further action in the matter will be taken after a final decision/recommendation is  made by the Public Accounts Committee.”

It is worth noticing that Advocate H.C. Arora, vide his legal notice mentioned above, had demanded recovery of excess payment of Leave Travel Facility to the tune of Rs. 50.73 lakhs, availed by 26 MLAs of Haryana during the year 2009, with following details:-

 Sl. NoName of the MLA  Excess amount drawn 
 1 Anand Singh Dangi 2,00,000
 2 Anita Yadav  2,00,000
 3 Capt. Ajay Singh Yadav  2,00,000
 4 Balbir Pal Shah  2,00,000
 5 Devender Kumar Bansal  2,00,000
 6 Dharambir Singh  2,00,000
 7 Rao Dan Singh  2,00,000
 8 Geeta Bhukal  2,00,000
 9 Harmohinder Singh Chatha  2,00,000
 10 Jagbir Singh Malik  2,00,000
 11 Kiran Chaudhary  80,900
 12 Mahender Partap Singh  2,00,000
 13 Naresh Kumar Badli  2,00,000
 14 Om Parkash Chauthala  1,92,292
 15 Paramvir Singh  2,00,000
 16 Raghubir Singh Kadian  2,00,000
  Randeep Singh Surjewala  2,00,000
  Rajinder Singh Joon  2,00,000
  Ram Kishan Fauji  2,00,000
  Ram Kishan Gujjar  2,00,000
  Subhash Chand  2,00,000
  Savitri Jindal  2,00,000
  Sumita Singh  2,00,000
  Sharda Rathore  2,00,000
  Vinod Kumar Sharma  2,00,000
  Yadvendera Singh  2,00,000
  Total 50,73,192/- (Rs. Fifty lakh, seventy thousand, one hundred ninety two only.)

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