Vishwa Kannada Sammelana was held in Belgaum during March this year and 30 crores were spent on the same and information through RTI was sought by Mr. Bhimappa Gadad. It took the information department more 3 months to give the information asked for. He further said that money was spent on roads which were already in good condition and which had been repaired under other grants earlier. Rs.2 crore 98 lakhs were spent on roads during the assembly session of 2009 again 3 crores 72 lakhs was spent on the same roads during VKS.
He also alleged that all the money must have gone into the pockets. And even after doing this bills of many contractors are still unpaid which is very astonishing.
In a press meet he mentioned the following points as per the reply to the RTI:
Rs. 31,20,400 were spent on buying Kunda & Ladoos which were never seen in the menu of the food given at 7 places during the event.
Rs.9,55,550 were spent on Rottis made from Bijapur
Rs.1 crore were spent on tents
Rs.60 lakhs were spent on welcome boards
Rs.1 crore were spent on tables, chairs, sound system
Rs.4 crore were spent on actors/actress coming from Kannada film industry
Rs.75,85,428 for buying Jamkhanas/Bedsheets
Rs.27,16,787 as rentals for plates/glasses
Rs.18,72,000 fees of cooks/helpers
Rs.1 crore exhibition
Rs.1,17,19,000 for bandobast/ others
Rs.5,75,000 spent on 600 journalists who had come to cover the event
Rs.50 lakhs spent on visitors from Foreign countries
Rs.30 lakhs opening ceremony
Rs.50 lakhs art/sculpture exhibition
Rs.3 crore for VKS stage