A Sampath | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government has reportedly spent Rs 7.26 crore for A Sampath’s office, during his term as the special representative of the state in New Delhi for a period of 20 months. The budget documents presented by the Minister for Finance noted expenses worth Rs 3.85 crore in 2019-20 and Rs 3.41 crore in 2020-21 in the namer of Kerala’s special representative.
The Finance Department revealed that Sampath received a salary of Rs 14,18,244 lakhs from August 2019 to June 2021 while he was a government representative in Delhi. The benefits received by him even during the period of Covid-induced lockdown had sparked controversy earlier.
The Kerala government has decided to appoint former Congress leader KV Thomas as the new representative for the state in Delhi.
Expenses during A Sampath's term
|Travel expenses||Rs 19.45 lakhs|
|Office expenses||Rs 1.13 crore|
|Hospitality||Rs 1.71 lakhs|
|Vehicle repairs||Rs 1.58 lakhs|
|Fuel||Rs 6.84 lakhs|
|Daily wages||Rs 23.45 lakhs|
|Other expenses||Rs 98.39 lakhs|