Chief Minister Digambar Kamat violated government rules to host lunch at Cidade de Goa in honour of President of India Pratibha Patil during her visit to Goa in the month of January 2011. This was revealed in the information obtained by Adv. Aires Rodrigues under the Right to Information Act from Goa Government’s protocol department.
It may be recalled that the chief minister had hosted the lunch in honour of President Pratibha Patil at Cidade de Goa on 6th January which was attended by 80 guests. Though as per the State Government notification, only an amount of Rs 80,000 could have been spent on that lunch, however a total expenditure of Rs 1, 19, 999 was incurred.
The government notification clearly stipulates that prior approval of the finance department has to be obtained if any excess expenditure beyond the permissible limit has to be incurred.
A copy of the file notings obtained by Adv. Aires Rodrigues however revealed that the approval for the excess expenditure of Rs 39,999 incurred was sanctioned by the State Finance Secretary only on 23rd March 2011, over two months after the lunch was hosted.
Reacting to the information furnished to him, Adv. Aires Rodrigues stated that it was a clear case of the Goa government violating its own rules and regulations.
He also pointed out that this expenditure incurred was yet another case of government squandering public funds and later trying to legalise the illegality.