The president of the country will be traveling in a saloon car. But this kind of luxury should be avoided.
OUR Hon’ble President Ms Pratibha Patil will now have a pleasure to travel in a saloon car worth Rs 3 crores. Now she will have a luxurious meeting room, dining room, majestic Bed Room and also a separate Coach for her Staff / Doctors and the Security personnel.
The Coach as per the Railway sources was likely to be completed by August, 2011 by Kapurthala Coach Factory. Our Railways as per a news release had already suffered a loss of 27 crores due to J& K Valley disturbance .There had been damages to the tracks, bridges, and Railway Buildings, etc. As usual , the Country has many a number of Floods and Drought in the various States.
It is very strange to enquire into the number of times a month our President does travel by Rail while she has already a Special IAF Aircraft at her disposal for her movements. It is not only the cost of the Saloon but how about the other miscellaneous expenses, e.g. salaries, maintenance, TA/ DA of the Staff/ Drs and the Security personnel and other incidental expenses.
It is the high time for the Rail Minister to give the proposal a second thought in case the Saloon is still under fabrication.
Money thus invested in these luxury items can probably be more utilized for the welfare of the Poor and for their Rehabilitation, etc. Luxary life should be avoided.