Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis criticized for granting Rs. 8 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for a government employee’s dance group’s visit to Thailand.
Opposition parties raised an attack on the BJP-led government’s priorities at a time when the state is reeling under severe drought and hundreds of farmers have committed suicide in the past months.
A query filed under the Right to Information Act by activist Anil Galgali found that Mr Fadnavis had approved Rs. 8 lakh the dance troupe to participate in a competition in Bangkok in December. Mr Fadnavis however denied any wrongdoing in disbursing of the fund to the Sachivalaya Gymkhana for the contest.
“The Chief Minister’s Relief Fund has separate accounts for drought relief. For cultural activities 25 per cent of the fund is reserved. Out of that we sponsor people for cultural activities,” Mr Fadnavis said.
The application for the funds had been sought for the 15-member team of government employees to participate in the 5th Cultural Olympiad of Performing Arts 2015.