Team Anna got Rs 2.9 crore in donations

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 13:24

New Delhi: Team Anna collected donations of
Rs 2.94 crore in the past six months out of which Rs 1.14
crore came during Anna Hazare`s 12-day hunger strike in
Ramlila Maidan.
According to Team Anna, a total of 27,505 people,
including 25,023 during Ramlila agitation, contributed
financially to the anti-corruption movement with Rs 25 lakh
being the highest donation and over 400 donating more than Rs

Out of the Rs 2.94 crore it collected during the six
months, they have decided to return Rs 42.55 lakh to donors
who "did not provide their complete details and their sources
of funding", leaving Rs 2.51 crore with them.

The Public Cause Research Foundation (PCRF), the
Secretariat for the movement, made public its audit report for
six months starting April one following allegations of
financial misconduct by activist Arvind Kejriwal.
A former Team Anna member Swami Agnivesh had questioned
the depositing of donations in PCRF, saying none of the
prominent Team members like Justice Santosh Hegde were
trustees of PCRF run by Kejriwal.

Of the Rs 2.51 crore, Team Anna has spent Rs 1.5 crore in
the past six months with Rs 52.27 lakh being spent for public
meeting expenses, mainly for Ramlila Maidan agitation.

Team Anna spent Rs 9.83 lakh on travel while another Rs
2.68 lakh was spent on communication expenses. Under public
awareness expenses, the Team spent Rs 45.50 lakh and printing
charges Rs 26.55 lakh.

It also spent Rs 9,711 under the head RTI. It also paid
Rs 9.29 lakh as salary and stipend to the staff of PCRF
besides a lowly Rs 36 as interest on government dues.

"It has been heart warming to note that 23,138
contributions were of Rs.1,000 or less. It has been humbling
and moving to note that people with very limited resources
contributed with sums like Rs 1, Rs 2 and Rs 5 of their hard
earned money," the Team said.


First Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 13:24

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