State told to produce files of four MLAs
UMBAI: The Bombay high court on Thursday directed the state to produce the files of four MLAs, following a PIL that raised the issue of huge medical bills run up by sitting and former members of the Maharashtra legislative assembly.
Hearing the PIL ,filed by NGO Janhit Manch, a division bench of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice S C Dharmadhikari sought the records of medical reimbursements of Dr Padamsinh Patil, N C Irani, Ramesh Chaudhary and Sahebrao Thatte for 2005-06.
Bhagwanji Raiyani, who received details of the payment through an RTI application, found that most bills were for amounts ranging between Rs 15,000 to Rs 18,000. While an average annual medical bill of an IAS officer was about Rs 40,000 and for judges Rs 1 lakh, sitting and former MLAs on an average had run up bills of over Rs 3 lakh every year.
State told to produce files of four MLAs-Mumbai-Cities-The Times of India
MLAs healthy on public funds
BANGALORE: Unmindful of the poverty and poor health of people in their constituencies, MLAs in Karnataka have claimed medical allowances from the government totalling to Rs 82.88 lakh in the last two years. All this money is what tax-payers have paid to the government.
According to the documents procured by The Times of India under the RTI Act, even some ministers, whose personal incomes run into lakhs of rupees per month, don't mind dipping into the public coffers. The Karnataka Legislature (Members Medical Attendance) (Amended) Rules-1997 gives them the provision for medical allowances, but MLAs could let go of the option, leaving the public money to be used for better purposes, rue some officials.
MLAs healthy on public funds-Bangalore-Cities-The Times of India