Goan Convention In London Very Dear
The amount spent on the travel, of the 14 member cultural troupe flown to London for the convention, is still awaited and is expected to be quite high given the numbers involved and going by the expenditure incurred for the same heads by others.
For example, the air fare of Commissioner for NRI Affairs, Eduardo Faleiro from Goa to London and back cost the State Rs. 1,43,957 and that of U D Kamat, Director of NRI Affairs cost Rs. 45,189. The difference in the fares of the two persons has however, not been explained.
Though both Faleiro and Kamat stayed at the four star hotel their lodging and boarding bill details are still awaited.
Both Faleiro and Kamat were paid a daily cash allowance of 388.78 British Pounds which works out Rs. 28,533 for their stay in London from 20th July to 27th July.
A dinner hosted by Faleiro for the office bearers of the Goan Association in United Kingdom cost Rs. 19,162 while the association was given a grant of Rs. 6,11,231 to organize the convention.
A sum of Rs. 2,34,611 was spent on the lodging, boarding and transportation within London of the 14 member cultural troupe while Rs. 29,930 was spent on their travel to Mumbai and back for their visa formalities.
Their details of their travel bill to London and back is still awaited and so also the daily allowance paid to them while in London is still not known.
The government spent Rs. 66,787 on the air fare of guest speaker Dr. Damodar Sardessai who flew in from Los Angeles while the other guest speaker Dr. Teotonio de Souza who flew in from Lisbon cost Rs. 23,620.
The design and décor of the banners for the convention cost Rs. 21,508 while the miscellaneous expenditure for the convention was only Rs. 6,938.
The above information was provided to Adv. Aires Rodrigues under the Right to Information and he has questioned the government’s logic in incurring such huge expenses when there are other issues like the garbage treatment plant to deal with Panjim’s garbage, awaiting government funds.