Bengaluru: K’taka Governor spends 2.4 crore on renovation, chartered flights

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Bengaluru, (agencies): An RTI query has revealed that Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala has spent Rs 2.3 crore in renovating the Raj Bhavan and around Rs 10 lakhs on chartered flights used for his official visits.

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The Governor made the state government spend Rs 40 lakhs for doing the interiors in his chamber and ADC’s chambers, Rs 30 lakh for the interiors in the offices of OSD, private secretary and main lounge, as per a Times Of India report.

A sum of Rs 25 lakhs was spent on alterations at telephone exchange, computer section, dispensary and university section in Raj Bhavan.
Asphalting internal roads and providing kerbs at the front has cost the government Rs 35 lakh.
Renovation work in the kitchen, dining hall and bathroom of the governor has been done for Rs 50 lakhs.

Rs 50 lakhs was shelled for widening of pathway near main building, alterations to laundry and dispensary.

When asked about the RTI revelation, the Governor preferred to stay tight-lipped.

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  1. Like almost all Governors, this guy is also an — character who is more interested in exploiting all the perks and free stuff. Remember, ‘cow expert’ Bharadhaaja and his shenanigans ? Absolutely shameless…..

  2. When the Indian Government will abolish this totally………Governor post, simply to pamper the veteran politicians of each party in power in New Delhi with royal parade and privilege through burning the pockets of the tax payers? This Governor walked out of the hall while the national anthem was singing. But spending Rs. 2.4 crore for renovation and Rs. 10 lakh for charter flight etc…….. the old British royalty parade in India would be regretting while watching the current Indian royalty parade of the politicians.

    When the lists of the travel, attachment to the Raj Bhavan and the number of relatives came to visit the Governor of Kerala in the previous administration was a staggering amount. Well, the political show is going on as usual.

    • The British Royalty must be regretting giving India independence. They could have looted so much more.

  3. If Modi can do justice to his word, he should start working on abolishing these ceremonial posts. It is an irony that India still has not changed from its antiquated policies like continuing with Governors whose contribution and value to the States is practically nothing related to the expenses incurred on these…. These ceremonial posts are nothing but welfare benefits to party’s loyalists at the expense of tax payers.

    • When every State calculate the total expenditure wasted for this post, it will be too huge.

  4. Dear readers,

    This is an classic example of ‘Suit boot ki sarkar’. A policy paralysis government luxury,gifts are part of BJP Dharbar surpassing even ‘Queen of England’ and Mughal empire.As evidence to meaningless expenditure;

    ‘Amazing atmosphere at the reception hosted by Indian High Commissioner in Colombo. PM is interacting with guests.’ -PMO India’s Twitter

    Modi govt’s travel bills at Rs 317 crore, at par with UPA’s average spend

    The Narendra Modi government in its inaugural year has incurred a travel bill of Rs 317 crore, according to the revised budgetary estimates. This is about Rs 59 crore more than the Rs 258 crore the UPA-II cabinet had spent in its last year in office (2013-14), but in keeping with UPA’s average spend on the head through its five year-term.

    This travel bill includes expenditure on travel by cabinet ministers, ministers of state and ex-PMs and maintenance of aircraft used by VVIPs: the ones used by Prime Minister, President and Vice President.

    At Rs 14 crore, the salary and allowances bills of the 65-member Modi’s council of ministers have been almost the same as that of the 75-member UPA cabinet. The expenditure of the PMO, though, has gone up to Rs 40 crore in 2014-15, compared to Rs 31 crore of UPA’s last year in office.

    Information sought on Modi’s foreign travel expenses ‘too vague and wide’ to be revealed, RTI reply from PMO says

    Of the 220 days in office last year (from May 26, 2014 to December 31, 2014), Modi was abroad for 24 days. This means he was in a foreign country ONCE IN NINE DAYS since he became the Prime Minister.

    Though the PMO now stonewalled queries related to the money spent on Modi’s foreign tours, in 2013 it disclosed the amount spent on the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s air travels expenses — Rs 642 crore in nine years. The amount was revealed under the mandatory proactive disclosure clause of the RTI Act.

    The globe trotting PM Modi’s one year travel expenditure is already touched Rs 380 crores half of MM Singh’s spending in 9 years.The government has ordered a cut of nearly 20% in its 2014-15 healthcare budget due to fiscal strains, putting at risk key disease control initiatives in a country whose public spending on health is already among the lowest in the world.India spends about 1% of its gross domestic product (GDP) on public health, compared to 3% in China and 8.3% in the US.

    The United Nations estimates about one third of the world’s 1.2 billion poorest people live in India. A PM Modi’s ‘Aache Din’ already taking toll with hike of 14% in service tax and railways.

    When world famous economist ruled India,He sold petrol for Rs.67 when crude oil sold for $147. World famous photoshoper is ruling India now and He is selling petrol for Rs.70(Ahmedabad) when crude oil price is $65.

    Jai hind

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