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Railways Ministry Spent Rs 13.46 Crore On Video Conferencing In Nearly 3 Years

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| September 23 , 2018 , 14:32 IST

The Ministry of Railways has spent a Rs 13.46 crore on the inaugurations of numerous railways projects via a video conferencing facility during the period of November 2014 and September 27, 2017, according to reply to an RTI query, media reported on Sunday.

The 166 inaugurations event include new trains, escalators, foot over bridges, waiting halls, VIP lounges and toilets built at different railways stations.

Kailash Verma, a member of Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee (ZRUCC) said that it is a wastage of taxpayer’s money.

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Commenting on the reason for the amount of money used for the inaugurations of numerous projects under the Railways ministry, an Indian railway official said that it is needed to arrange technological logistics for video conferencing mainly the broadband internet connection.

He was quoted by PTI as saying, “The other logistics like stage, curtains, flowers, refreshments, sound, lights and LED screens are arranged by the local railway administration.”

"In the last four years, the Railways has invested huge money for passengers' comfort and witnessed a quantum jump in the execution of projects. In this comparison, such expenses (on inauguration) are not so high," he added.

Suresh Prabhu was Railway Minister when Rs 13.46 crore was spent during November 9, 2014, and September 3, 2017.