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In 2 years, the State has paid Rs 60 cr to Raj Bhavan: RTI

Over the past two years, the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government has disbursed Rs 60 million for the expenses of Raj Bhavan, the official governor’s residence where Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari currently resides.

Out of Rs 60 crore, Rs 53.30 crore has already been spent, revealed the response to an RTI filed by activist Anil Galgali, who pointed out that spending has increased by Rs 18 crore over the past two years.

Galgali had requested information from the Maharashtra government about the grant given to Raj Bhavan. Subsequently, the General Administration Department provided him with the information for the past five years, included in the budget estimates.

According to the official response, Rs 13.97 crore was provided in 2017-18, of which Rs 12.49 crore was spent. The total provision for 2018-19 was Rs 15.84 crore, while Rs 13.71 crore was spent.

In 2019-20, the provision amount increased to Rs 19.86 crore and Rs 17.63 crore was spent. In 2020-2021, Rs 29.50 crore was disbursed and Rs 25.92 crore was spent, while Rs 31.38 crore was given for 2021-22 and Rs 27.38 was spent by Raj Bhavan.

“After the MVA came to power, more generosity was shown towards the governor’s office,” Galgali remarked dryly, while demanding that Raj Bhavan’s office make information about the increased spending public. Seeking an audit of spending, he also wrote to Governor Koshyari, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his deputy Ajit Pawar.

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Posted: Tuesday May 17th 2022, 09:35 IST