Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Government spent Rs10 crore that was widely circulated to conduct the one-day Dharma Porata Deeksha in Delhi on Monday.
The Dharma Porata Deeksha in which TD supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu observed a 12-hour-long fast turned out to be a show of strength of all Opposition Parties against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.
An earlier order, releasing Rs 1.2 crore, was only to hire trains. In another government order, the State Finance Department released total Rs 10 crore to meet all the expenses of the entire programme.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi already criticised Mr Naidu for splurging public money on party propaganda which was vehemently objected by the TD and his TD men.
“The General Administration Secreta-riat has hereby issued a Budget Release Order for an amount of 10,00,00,000 (Rupees ten crores) as additional funds in relaxation of Treasury control and quarterly regulation orders, pending provision of funds, by obtaining supplementary grants at an appropriate time during the C.F.Y 2018-19 towards meeting the expenditure for one-day Deeksha (protest) in New Delhi on 11.02.2019 by Honourable Chief Minister, for arrangement of trains for providing transportation of participants from different regions of AP State and payment of other bills,” said GO No. 215 signed by the expenditure secretary to AP Government Ravi Chandra Muddada.
Another GO read: “Government of Andhra Pradesh has decided to hire two special trains with 20 compartments each from South Central Railways, Secunderabad, i.e., starting one train from Anantapur and another from Srikakulam to reach New Delhi by 10.02.2019 to transport interested Political parties, organisations, NGOs, associations, etc.. to participate in one-day Deeksha (Protest) at New Delhi on 11.02.2019 to be led by the Chief Minister.”
While the hiring of train from Anantapur costs Rs 42,67,085 and from Srikakulam, Rs 59,49,380. The government has also deposited Rs 10 lakh for additional coaches to IRCTC. For hiring trains, the government totally spent Rs 1.12 crore.