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MLAS GET TREATMENT, BUT YOU SUFFER

mlasv1The tax-payer is paying heavily for inflated medical reimbursement claims made by the state’s MLAs and MLCs. In 2004-05, Maharashtra spent Rs 55 crore to reimburse the medical expenses of its MLAs and public servants. Not an extraordinary amount for 20 lakhs state employees, but questions crop up when it emerges that a sizeable chunk of this amount was taken up by MLAs and ex-MLAs, some of them for dubious health problems. A regional pattern was seen where Marathwada topped the claims list with MLAs drawing out consistently high amounts, while relatively prosperous regions such as Mumbai, Thane, Pune and even Konkan have had fewer claimants. One MLA claimed Rs30 lakh, presumably because of treatment abroad. Nilofar Shaikh NMTV News

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