Bengaluru, July 8: A Yoga institute in Bengaluru, on Friday July 8 asked the state government to pay off the due bill for the 'International Yoga Day'. The event was held at Kanteerva stadium on 21st June to mark second International Yoga Day.
The private organiser had raised a bill amount of Rs 45 lakh for the programme that lasted for over an hour.
Shwaasa, Yoga Institute in Bengaluru told OneIndia: "We had already informed the state government to release the funds of Rs 45 which we had spent on the event including the celebrity remuneration pay but the letter regarding the expense amount of the event has put on hold over lack of clarity."
According to reports, the state government disowned the payment to Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu and told the organiser to authenticate the whole expenditure of the event. [Siddaramaiah and Bipasha Basu perform Yoga in Bengaluru]
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Bollywood actress and fitness expert Bipasha Basu performed several yoga asanas at Kanteerva stadium in Bengaluru from 7am to 8.30 am on 21st June in order to celebrate International Yoga Day. The event was declared a success but bill is still due to be paid by the government.
A large number of people along with union minister Ananth Kumar and Swami Vachananand Swamiji were on the dais and had also performed yoga on the occasion.
According to AYUSH officials : The programme was organised by the government and no formal invitation was extended by the state to Bipasha Basu. The state government had neither invited Bipasha Basu nor had any idea about the remuneration payable to her.
The private partner in organising Yoga Day function (referring to Shwaasa) has submitted bills for various expenses. However, for AYUSH Ministry all these expenses are not acceptable.