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akhilesh yadav posted a topic in RTI in MediaRAJKOT: A Right to Information (RTI) reply has confirmed a major security breach at the Rajkot airport by the airport director who went on a joyride in an aircraft of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) by giving all security rules a go-by in 2013. R R Gupta, then Rajkot airport director, had boarded the cockpit of aircraft VT-FIU King Air that had come from Vadodara for calibration of landing systems on July 9, 2013 and allegedly ordered the pilot to fly to coastal areas around Porbandar. Read at: Rajkot airport director took a joyride in AAI flight: RTI - The Times of India
akhilesh yadav posted a topic in RTI in MediaDuring January to March 2014, MMRDA paid Rs39.58 lakh to a private PR agency for its image building, reveals an RTI application The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had paid Rs15.82 lakh per month to a public relations (PR) agency as part of its image building before the Lok Sabha election. This was revealed in a reply received by activist Anil Galgali under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. In the reply, Dilip Kavatkar, joint project director of the Authority, said, "MMRDA appointed a PR Agency namely Ad Factors Pvt Ltd for a period of six months and paid them Rs39.58 lakh for a period from January 2014 to March 2014 and Rs7.86 lakh are in balance with MMRDA." Read more: MMRDA paid Rs39.6 lakh for image building before elections - Moneylife
As reported in dailymail.co.uk on 29 April 2012: AIIMS misuses funds to renovate bungelows | Mail Online [h=1]AIIMS misuses funds to renovate bungelows[/h] The true beauty of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is the smiling face of a patient cured of his illness. But, of late, the nation's premier medical institute has been besotted with a decadent 'beauty' and splurging a good amount of public money on it. AIIMS has been accused of obsessively indulging in the beautification of bungalows and offices of top officials, wasting taxpayers' money in the process. The pursuit of luxury doesn't end with ornate fittings and acrylic paints on bungalows. The administration has allegedly issued official cars to those who are not even eligible for this extravagance. An RTI reply revealed that `42.1 lakh was spent on renovation of the director's bungalow, `8.4 lakh for the deputy director's (administration) bungalow, `2.9 lakh on the dean's residence, `11.6 lakh on the medical superintendent's official quarters and `8.6 lakh on the senior financial adviser's house over the past five years. AIIMS public relations officer Y.K. Gupta said he had no idea about the expenses. Mail Today made several attempts (unsuccessfully) to contact AIIMS director Dr R.C. Deka. His wife Dr Deepika, who is a professor in the institute's department of obstetrics and gynaecology, said the matter was old and the director was too busy to respond to such matters. The urban development ministry's rules stipulate that the annual ceiling of `1,10,000 on the upkeep of topmost-level government accommodation should be strictly adhered to. The AIIMS spending exceeds this upper limit many times over. The RTI reply to Janhit Abhiyan, an NGO, says the institute has allocated around `20 lakh for 'constructions' at the office of the deputy director (administration). Of this, `1 lakh was given for designing the office and `19 lakh for the alterations. AIIMS director R.C. Deka and deputy director Vineet Chaudhry have lots to spend on their bungalows Another one of the luxury accommodations CPM MP Basudeb Acharia recently wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, highlighting this misuse of funds. A letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh highlighting the misuse of funds at AIIMS 'Huge amount has been spent for lavishness of the management of AIIMS, the premier government health institution established for delivering better health service to the people of our country,' Acharia said. The letter alleges that public money has been 'looted' in the name of renovation of bungalows and offices, and transport facility for the staff. The rules say only the director is allowed to use a staff car. But the deputy director (administration), the medical superintendent and the chief of centres have all been allotted this luxury. 'If in an institution like AIIMS, where there is huge fund requirement for construction of additional blocks for office accommodation and for procurement of life-saving medical equipment, this much of money is spent merely for renovation of bungalows and office decoration, then how can the management cope with the increasing number of patients until amenities are developed?' Acharia asked. The MP has asked the Prime Minister to look into the matter and take stringent action against those involved in the misappropriation of funds that could have been used to develop better health services for the poor. Sources at AIIMS, which records footfalls of 10,000 patients every day, said public money has been wasted in beautifying bungalows, offices and roads, but distraught relatives of poor patients were made to run around for essential medicines. The AIIMS officials it seems, do not have enough funds to improve the deplorable condition at the hospital They were asked to purchase catheters and cannulas that the institute should be providing, they said. AIIMS recently drew substantial flak for hiking the accommodation rates at Dharmshala, which was meant for the poor. Money has also been wasted in dismantling existing footpaths and put new ones on the campus, the sources said. The 60- year-old stone flooring on the corridors have been unnecessary yanked out to make way for ceramic tiles, they added. 'There's big money involved in these. Some people are making money out of these needless and superfluous renovations,' one of them said, declining to reveal his name because of a gag order in the institute.