Kerala Speaker's Glasses Cost Almost Rs 50,000. Government Foots The Bill

"I also had trouble climbing steps. So my doctor then advised me to get a better glass and I did that," Kerala Assembly Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan said.

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Kerala Speaker's Glasses Cost Almost Rs 50,000. Government Foots The Bill

The Kerala government reimbursed the cost of the spectacles of P Sreeramakrishnan.


Thiruvananthapuram: 

Highlights

  1. "Found it tough to sit in Assembly, was unable to see properly," he said
  2. Kerala legislators are eligible for medical bills reimbursement
  3. State minister KK Shailaja was reimbursed for glasses worth Rs 28,000
While the controversy over Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja sporting spectacles worth Rs 28,000 has died down, Assembly Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan has run into a similar row.

RTI documents reveal that Mr Sreeramakrishnan has even more expensive spectacles -- priced at Rs 49,900, which includes Rs 45,000 for the glasses and Rs 4,900 for the frame.

The costs of the spectacles of both the CPIM leaders have been reimbursed by the state government.

"I found it difficult to sit in the Assembly as I was unable to see properly and I had to often move my head to look from one side to the other," Mr Sreeramakrishnan said on Saturday.

"I also had trouble climbing steps. So my doctor then advised me to get a better glass and I did that."

The controversy came to light after media reports showed Kerala legislators claiming medical reimbursements running into lakhs.

When Ms Shailaja's expensive spectacles and the medical reimbursement of her husband became news, they had a tough time defending it. 

RTI activist V Binu told the media that it's unfortunate that the Speaker, who has to ensure clearing of medical bills of the 140 legislators, himself has not showed any restraint in spending taxpayers' money.

Kerala legislators are eligible for reimbursement of their medical bills and also for their immediate family members.


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