INDIA — India''s Planning Commission is drawing sharp criticism for spending nearly $70,000 on two toilets that would be used by its top officials, according to the New York Daily News.
In response to a right-to-information request, the agency revealed that a significant portion of the money was spent on a "door access control system" allowing 60 "very high dignitaries" with special access cards to use the facilities, the article stated.
According to the article, the expenditure comes a few months after the commission was slammed as "insensitive" for mandating that Indians would be considered above the poverty line if they "earned more than 47 cents per day in villages and 57 cents in cities."
Planning Commission Chief Montek Singh Ahluwalia has defended the toilet upgrades, saying that the old fixtures were stinky and that the renovation included plumbing repairs, the article noted.
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