Vala stumps predecessor, splurges Rs 2.8 crore on air travels

Vala travelled to different cities, including Mangaluru, Hubballi, Bidar, Dharwad and Mysuru by chartered aircraft.

Published: 18th September 2016 09:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th September 2016 09:06 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU:  The state government spent `2.89 crore on Governor Vajubhai Vala’s air travels in the last 20 months, ac­cording to information obtained through RTI.

The information was obtained by advocate and RTIactivist T Nar­asimha Murthy from the Chief Sec­retary’s office. The money was spent on the governor’s air trav­els, mostly within the state and to his home state Gujarat.

Vala travelled to different cities, including Mangaluru, Hubballi, Bi­dar, Dharwad and Mysuru by char­tered aircraft and helicopter to at­tend official programmes, including university convocations. The chartered air services were mostly provided by GMP Air Charters.

Over `13 lakh was spent on hir­ing a chartered aircraft for Vala’s visit to Rajkot in Gujarat in December 2014, and over `11 lakh was paid for chartered air services for his visit to Bhavnagar in Gu­jarat in January 2015.

vala.jpg“These expenses are very high as compared to `67.82 lakh incurred on air trav­els in five years during Hansraj Bhardwaj’s tenure as governor,” the activist said.

Murthy claimed that Raj Bhavan had refused to provide him the in­formation stating that a Special Leave Petition (related to Goa Raj Bhavan) was pending before the Su­preme Court. “After my appeal was rejected, I had to approach the Office of the President of India, on whose directions I got the informa­tion,” he added. Raj Bhavan officials were not available for comment.

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