Thiruvananthapuram: The administrative reforms commission headed by former chief minister V S Achuthanandan has cost the exchequer Rs 2.03 crore so far, documents obtained under the Rights to Information Act showed. The CPM veteran has drawn Rs 9,02,494 as salary since the commission was formed in 2016.
He has also received Rs 1,11,066 as travel allowance and Rs 1,40,779 as medical reimbursement, apart from flight ticket expenses of Rs 1,40,779 as of January 27. Meanwhile, commission member C P Nair has not claimed a single paisa as salary, honorarium, travel allowance or other perks.
Of the Rs 2,03,03,872 spent on the commission, Rs 1,62,90,551 was on the salaries and allowance of commission members and the personal staff of Achuthanandan. The commission has 18 posts but two posts remain vacant. Achuthanandan has a personal staff of 11 members even though he is entitled to one more.
Part-time member Neela Gangadharan has received an honorarium of Rs 3,57,500 and travel allowance of Rs 37,953 and flight expense of Rs 1,03,211. Member secretary Sheela Thomas has not claimed salary, honorarium or travel allowances. Her flights have cost the exchequer Rs 29,779.
The commission has not been given any deadline to submit its report. The commission has handed over a report to the government about proposed reforms in the vigilance system. The commission’s officers have visited a mental asylum at Peroorkada and a care home at Pulayanarkotta and suggested changes to the administration of the government-run institutions.
The commission is looking into the problems faced by women, children, senior citizens, the differently-abled, the mentally retarded and migrant laborers. The commission has also started a preliminary study into the citizen-oriented services, the RTI reply showed.
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