Babus, netas enjoying cooler climes of Europe – at taxpayer’s expense

Jaipur: Rajasthan is baking in the hot sun. And the heat is too much for the delicate top bureaucrats and politicians. No wonder, many of them are preferring to fly to the cooler climes of Europe. And of course, the taxpayer is footing the bill.

Long queue

Many top babus are just back from abroad and many others are waiting in the queue. Not only officers, but even politicians are going on foreign tours to beat the summer heat. A cabinet minister recently travelled abroad with his family.

Europe is the preferred destination for officers looking for relief from the hot weather. Around 12 officers, most of them members of the IAS, are about to proceed to foreign destinations. Eight politicians are either abroad or have returned from Europe lately.

Ex-CS set the ball rolling

Former chief secretary NC Goyal returned from Berlin in March, where he attended a meet of Internationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB). This was the beginning of the series of overseas tours of officers. In March, Tourism Corporation MD Pradeep Borad applied for permission to proceed abroad.

Interpol training

Following him, Jaipur police commissioner Sanjay Agarwal, an IPS officer, visited Uruguay. He also visited Australia and Auckland in New Zealand for an Interpol training. Now, Rajhans Upadhyay, CMD, Rajasthan Roadways, is on a tour of Europe for a month and will return on July 10. Sanjay Malhotra, Principal Secretary, Energy, visited Sydney and Auckland between April 14-22. National Health Mission Director, Naveen Jain, also submitted an application for a 10-day travel trip abroad.

RAS officers also not behind

Director of Printing and Stationery, Yagya Mitradev Singh, a Rajasthan Administrative Service (RAS) officer, recently went to Europe, though on his own expenses. Eight other bureaucrats – all RAS officers – are planning foreign tours. Among the top destinations are Amsterdam and Ukraine.

Mayor off to Europe

The mayor of Jaipur visited Europe during the recent strike of employees of the municipal corporation. After his 10-day visit, PWD Minister Yunus Khan went to Mecca to perform Umrah.

16 IAS officers to visit Seoul

Sixteen RAS officers, recently promoted to the IAS, will be visiting Seoul as part of their training, beginning at Dehradoon from July 2.