Taxpayers subsidising guns of 750 MPs, VIPs – India

23 sept 2011

Taxpayers subsidising guns of 750 MPs, VIPs


Dr Sanjay Kumar Cardiac Cardiothoracic Heart Surgeon India

Dr Sanjay Kumar Cardiac Cardiothoracic Heart Surgeon India

New Delhi:  It seems bring protected by Z-level security is not enough for our VIPs. As a result, around 750 VIPs and MPs own guns bought at discounted rates from the government. This information obtained through the Right to Information Act, shows the who’s who of the political world are involved. From Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati, to the jailed former head of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi, to the country’s Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, to the former Chief Election Commissioner and former Minister of Sports – all of them share this passion. The only condition the government imposes, is that they must not sell it before 10 years.

The list of MPs with a yen for guns cuts across party lines:

  • Congress leader Jagdish Tytler bought a .32 Browning Pistol in 1989 for 19,000 rupees (the market price is Rs. 1,60,000).
  • BJP compatriot Vijay Kumar Malhotra who bought a .22 P Benetla Pistol in April 1990 for Rs. 3,500 (the international price is $400)
  • UP’s Chief Minister Mayawati the RTI information in 1991 shows that she paid Rs. 4,900 for an Arminius revolver while an MP. Shivraj Singh Chauhan, the current Chief Minister of MP also bought an Arminius in 1993 for Rs. 4,900. The market price for the revolver ranges from Rs. 1.25 to 1.75 lakh.
  • Congress leader Janardhan Dwivedi bought a S&W .32 bore revolver for Rs. 1,45,000 (the market price is Rs. 1.5 to 2.5 lakh)
  • Uma Bharti, MP’s former CM also bought a S&W revolver for Rs. 13,000 in 1999. She is joined by M S Gill, who was India’s Chief Election Commissioner in 1999. He purchased an S&W revolver for Rs. 24,750
  • But perhaps what is most interesting of all both former BJP MPs Ashok Argal and Faggan Singh, currently in jail for the cash-for-votes scam bought .32 Webley Scott revolvers for Rs. 9,000 in 1997

Some believe that that this practice of providing discounted weapons to VIPs should stop. Says Gopal Prasad an activist: “This policy (of proving weapons at discounted rates) is unfair. These should be first given to security forces, why should they be given to MPs.”

The other issue is of course money. Every year hundreds and thousands of crores are spent to secure our MPs. Despite this many of them have literally taken security into their own hands, but through the discounted rates, the MPs have managed to pass on the bill to the taxpayer

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