Controversy
A disability rights group has alleged that the State Commissioner for the Differently Abled used public funds worth Rs 10 lakh to remodel her office when the Model Code of Conduct is in place.

The Tamil Nadu Association for the Rights of All Types of Differently Abled and Caregivers (TARATDAC) has complained to the state's Chief Electoral Officer against a bureaucrat who allegedly spent Rs 10 lakh of public funds to remodel her office according to vaastu. The disability rights group alleged on Thursday that B Maheswari, the State Commissioner for the Differently Abled, had done this at a time when the Model Conduct of Conduct is in place.

In a letter to the CEO, the group alleged that priests had arrived at the Commissionerate for the Welfare of the Differently Abled in Chennai on Wednesday and conducted a puja. “We have come to know that a homam was conducted along with rituals in order to redesign the office for the Commissioner for the Differently Abled according to vastu rules. Specifically, it has not even been two years since this Commissoner's office has been built. Under such a circumstance, there is information that up to Rs 10 lakh in government money has been wasted to redesign the office of the Commissioner,” stated the letter.

The group further alleged that there was information that even the snacks provided after the puja was using taxpayers’ money. TARATDAC also said that the Constitution had provided for secular principles and that it was condemnable for an officer of the Indian Administrative Service to act in a selfish way in a government office by conducting rituals of a particular religion.

“At a time when the Election Commission's Model Code of Conduct is in place, the usage of a government office for conducting the rituals of a particular religion by the State Commissioner for the Differently Abled should be duly investigated and acted upon,” wrote P Jansirani and S Namburajan, State President and State General Secretary of TARATDAC.