Workplace for ‘New India’: Rs 9.26 Crore Spent on Niti Aayog CEO’s Office Renovation When Unemployment at All-time High
Rs 34 lakh was spent just on the exotic indoor plants dotting the corridors and rooms.
The fifth-floor of the Niti Aayog office in New Delhi has reportedly been renovated at a cost of Rs 9.26 crore.
Manish Anand reporting for the New Indian Express wrote that Rs 34 lakh alone was spent on the exotic indoor plants dotting the corridors and rooms of the fifth-floor office space. Another Rs 52 lakh was spent on networking and telephone cabling.
The office is being boasted of as the workplace for “New India”. Of course, one needs to be reminded that in new India, unemployment numbers are at a four-decade high, and that the fiscal deficit is mounting.
The fifth-floor office of NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant is said to be more extravagant than even the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
Based on an RTI query, NITI Aayog admitted that a sum of Rs 8.4 crore was allocated for renovation, refurbishment and re-development of the building’s fifth floor. The 40,000-sq. ft new office space reportedly contains cabins, conference and meeting rooms based on the layout of corporate buildings, reported New Indian Express.
The report added that partitions are made of glass and 196 exotic indoor plants abound. It boasts enviable views of Parliament, South and North Block, and Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Bragging about the excessively decadent office, a senior official of Niti Aayog reportedly said, “The fifth-floor office of the CEO is a departure from government buildings in the national capital. It gives the impression to visiting dignitaries from abroad that India too is changing and could boast of the best when it comes to office space.”
Further, Kant, along with his key aides, checked into the office space earlier this year. However, Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar and the four members — VK Saraswat, Ramesh Chand, Bibek Debroy and VK Paul — are still holed up in their modest offices on the first floor, reported New Indian Express.
Besides the Niti CEO, the MD of Atal Innovation Mission and DG of Data Management and Evaluation Office are also located on the fifth floor.