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Siddaramaiah, 29 ministers claim Rs 11 crore as travel allowance

first_imgKarnataka’s Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and 29 of his ministerial colleagues have spent more than Rs 11 crore in the last 32 months on travel for official work. They have claimed Rs 11.12 crore as travel allowance (TA) for commuting between Bengaluru and their constituencies.The TA bill (from May 2013 to January 2016) of the 30 ministers came to light after an RTI activist Bheemappa Gadada filed an application before a competent authority. Leading the list of the ministers, who have claimed TA, is Urban Development Minister Vinay Kumar Sorake (Rs 75.89 lakhs), followed by Health & Family Welfare Minister U T Khader (Rs 70.23 lakhs). Forest, Ecology & Environment Minister B Ramanath Rai is at third place, having claimed Rs 67.99 lakhs. It is important to note that these three ministers hail from the coastal district of Dakshina Kannada and hold important portfolios.Siddaramaiah has claimed TA of Rs 40.03 lakhs while the minimum claim has been by Cooperation Minister H S Mahadeva Prasad of Rs 7.98 lakhs. Transport Minister R Ramalinga Reddy, who travels in an official entourage as he heads all the bus transport companies, has also claimed a very less TA of Rs 8.71 lakhs in the last three years. The RTI activist has demanded an inquiry into the TA claims of some of the ministers. “For instance, if we divide the TA claims of Sorake it amounts to Rs 7,850 per day. Has he travelled so extensively in the last three years? The government should order a probe to ascertain the claims of these ministers,” said Gadada.The RTI documents have revealed that Youth Affairs & Sports Minister Abhay Chandra Jain has travelled by air 211 times in the last three years. “There are plenty of doubtful claims. The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly should take up the issue,” Gadada demanded.advertisementALSO READ:Siddaramaiah to present his 11th State Budget todaylast_img read more