Travel allowance of Karnataka ministers runs into Rs 11.12 crore

Bengaluru, Mar 30: An RTI reply has revealed that between 2013 and 2016, the Chief Minister of Karnataka and 29 ministers had claimed Rs 11.12 crore as travel allowance or expenses.

Topping the list is Urban Development Minister, Vinay Sorake whose bill amount is Rs 75.89 lakh.

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The RTI application was filed by activist, Bheemappa Gadada. He has also demanded an inquiry into the claims by some of the ministers. The details reveal that the Chief Minister had claimed Rs 40.3 lakh.

The claims are made by the Chief Minister and the rest when they are said to have commuted between the capital city and their respective constituencies.

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Top claimants:

  • Vinay Sorake, Urban Development Minister- Rs 75.89 lakh
  • U T Khader, health and family welfare minister- Rs 70.23 lakh
  • B Ramanath Rai, Forest, Ecology & Environment Minister-Rs 67.99 lakh 
  • Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister- Rs 40.3 lakh
  • Ramalinga Reddy, Transport Minister-Rs 8.71 lakh
  • H S Mahadeva Prasad, Cooperation Minister- Rs 7.98 lakh

The RTI application also reveals other details such as the travel by Sports Minister, Abhay Chandra.

The details suggest that he had travelled by air at least 211 times in the past three years. Gadada said that the matter should be brought to the notice of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and a probe into the travel expenses by some ministers such as Sorake must be investigated.

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