RTI activist Anil Galgali had sought information from the CM secretariat about the claim of the Dance troupe belonging to the CM headed Sachivalaya Gymkhana about returning the grant for its Bangkok trip on 8th January, 2016. After receiving the query filed by Galgali the CM secretariat sprung into action to save itself from an embarrassment of an fresh exposure, almost 42 days after the query was filed, a cheque dated 18th February 2016 was collected. This cheque was deposited into the CM Relief Fund account on 24th February, 2016 and the receipt was yet to be received.
The Gymkhana had sought assistance from the CM Relief fund vide their letter dated 25th August, 2015. The Gymkhana needed the assistance to send it’s 15 member strong team comprising government employees dance artistes to enable them to participate in a dance competition being held at Bangkok, Thailand from 26th to 30th December 2015. The application was sent by the CM to the CM Relief Fund desk with instructions to consider it as a special case. On 27th August, 2015 the assistance of Rs 8 lakhs was sanctioned by the CM.
The purpose of the CM Relief Fund is to provide immediate help to those affected by disaster within the Maharashtra state or anywhere in the country. “The CM has disbursed funds to an organization called as Sachivalya Gymkhana, which is headed by CM himself, funds to a tune of Rs 8 lakhs for a dance competition and at the time when a poor farmers are committing suicides due to drought,” alleged Galgali.