Donations: State to bring out White Paper

Our accounts are clear: Yeddyurappa

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Thursday said the State Government would come out with a White Paper on the amount collected for flood relief work and the sum spent so far by it.

Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Yeddyurappa said: “The amount (collected) is in banks; every paise spent has been accounted for.”

Mr. Yeddyurappa said the Congress which had collected more than Rs. 2.5 crore had remitted only Rs. 95 lakh to the Government “We don't know what happened to the remaining amount. The Congress leaders owe an explanation to the public.”

Mr. Yeddyurappa said the Government proposed streamline the collection of donation by political parties and organisations for providing relief to people during natural disasters. “We propose to bring in legislation making it mandatory for those collecting donations to immediately remit the sum to the State Government to prevent misuse of funds”.

Admitting that there had been delay in the construction of houses for the flood-hit people, Mr. Yeddyurappa said donors also could not be blamed as government agencies had not adhered to the schedule on forming layouts for the proposed townships.

He said wherever there was delay, the Government had requested the donors to deposit the amount they proposed to invest in house construction with the Government, and so far Rs. 400 crore had been deposited.

The funds had been released to the Rajiv Gandhi Housing Corporation and the Land Army for taking up construction of houses.

The non-availability of labour force was also a reason for the delay in completion of houses, he said.

  • ‘Congress owes an explanation to people'
  • Legislation on donations under study

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