Bengaluru: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala has landed himself in a controversy after an RTI query revealed excessive spending by him. The RTI reply shows that the Governor’s office had claimed Rs 2.3 crore for renovation and Rs 10 lakh more were spent on chartered flights for his official visits, sources said.
The bill says that Rs 40 lakh was spent on providing interiors in the Governor and his ADC’s chambers. This included wooden false ceiling, wooden wall paneling, glass doors among several others. Additional sum of Rs 30 lakh was spent on the interior works in the offices of Officer on Special Duty (OSD), private secretary and main lounge.
Alterations worth Rs 25 lakh were made in the telephone exchange, computer section, dispensary and university section in the Raj Bhavan.
Rs 35 lakh was also spent on asphalting internal roads and providing kerbs at the front. Another Rs 50 lakh were also spent on widening of pathway near the main building, alterations to laundry and dispensary.
The amount for renovating the kitchen, dining hall and bathroom of the Governor’s was billed at Rs 50 lakh.
Vala assumed office of the Governor on September 1, 2014. His appointment had been opposed by the Congress government in the state.