M.G. Thippeswamy, who was the president of the erstwhile Davangere City Municipality, and K. Chandranna, leader of the Janata Dal (Secular), have charged the city corporation with spending public money recklessly. They cited the release of Rs. 12 lakh for the Rajyotsava celebrations as an example.
They said that Rs. 12 lakh had been distributed among officials of city corporation as advance for conducting various programmes during November and questioned the propriety of celebrating Rajyotsava without involving pro-Kannada organisations.
Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Mr. Thippeswamy wanted to know who had permitted the city corporation to spend public money on Rajyotsava celebrations.
The city corporation had to obtain permission from the Government for using public money for cultural programmes.
If the city corporation wanted to celebrate Rajyotsava, it should have collected contributions from councillors. He urged the city corporation to give the heads of account under which the money had been spent.
The city corporation had released another Rs. 3 lakh to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad for celebrating Vijayadashami this year. Stating that the parishad was not a registered organisation, he wanted to know how money could be granted to unregistered organisations for celebrating a festival. He claimed that during 1986-87, when he was the municipal president, he had released Rs. 100 each to 11 local newspapers to carry an advertisement related to Independence Day celebrations. There was an audit objection to the release of Rs. 1,100 for advertisements. The auditors had directed the municipality to recover the money from him.
Mr. Thippeswamy urged the Deputy Commissioner to recover the grants released for cultural programmes from the councillors. He urged the official to recommend to the Government to dismiss the city corporation for “misusing public money”.