Mumbai: While Maharashtra reels under drought and a resulting farm crisis, CM Devendra Fadnavis’ relief fund has been used to send a dance troupe to Bangkok. A sum of Rs 8 lakh was transferred to Sachivalaya Gymkhana for the dance contest.
According to a report in an English daily, An RTI filed by activist Anil Galgali found that the CM approved Rs 8 lakh for a government employee dance troupe that participated in a competition in Bangkok, from December 26 to 30. In his RTI, Galgali had sought information from the CM Relief Fund desk about the assistance provided by it to the Sachivalaya Gymkhana.
The farmer suicide toll has touched 660 this year. The CM’s relief fund is to be used only for those affected by natural disasters. However, an exception was made in this case, reports the daily.
“The application was sent by the CM to the CM Relief Fund desk with instructions to put up the application as a special case. On August 27, the application was put up before the CM as a special case and Rs 8 lakhs was immediately sanctioned by the CM,” said Galgali to the daily. The sum was transferred on September 11. Interestingly, Fadnavis is also the chairman of the Gymkhana.
The dance troupe is slated to participate in the competition being held at Akshara theatre and is being organized by private entities like Akhil Bhartiya Sanskrutik Sangh and the Global Council of Art and Culture, says the daily.
Reacting to the developing controversy, BJP leader Shaina NC claimed that this was misuse of RTI.