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Anna Hazare and associates spent 30 lakh on campaign

Apr 15, 2011

 Anna Hazare and his associates spent a little over Rs 30 lakh on the Lokpal Bill issue through a campaign in the past one year that brought the government to its knees.

According to details provided by 'India Against Corruption' (IAC), which spearheaded the campaign, it received a total donation of Rs 82,87,668 while it spent Rs 32,69,900 for the campaign.
"We have issued receipts to all the donors and have maintained a record of their details. We issued receipts on account of Public Cause Research Foundation which is acting as secretariat for the campaign," an IAC spokesperson said.

According to IAC, they spent Rs 9,47,344 for tent, bed, sound system and hall booking for the Jantar Mantar protest and other programmes. An amount of Rs 8,93,938 was spent on telephone calls while another Rs 4,61,382 was spent on travelling.

Rs 2,405 was spent on postage while the amount for other expenses were: Printing (Rs 7,32,624), food (Rs 81,751), medical expenses for those on fast (Rs 44,908), video- recording (Rs 11,755) and stationary (Rs 6,940).

Jindal Aluminium made the highest donation of Rs 25 lakh followed by an individual Surender Pal Singh (Rs ten lakh), Ramky (Rs five lakh) and Eicher Good Earth Trust and an individual Arun Duggal Rs three lakh each.

HDFC Bank gave Rs 50,000 to the movement while Carmel Convent School in Delhi donated Rs 20,000 for the IAC. The Jammu and Kashmir Bank Ltd shelled out Rs 10,000.
"We received a donation less than Rs 5,000 from 2,871 people which amounted to Rs 7,34,498," the spokesperson said.