Aires complains against AG's exorbitant fees

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 16 May 2013 16:21 IST

Social activist Aires Rodrigues has filed a complaint with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) against the exorbitant fees being paid to the Advocate General of Goa Atmaram Nadkarni.

He also met the Accountant General of Goa Devika Nayar with the complaint, seeking her prompt intervention in the matter.

Rodrigues has claimed in his complaint that Nadkarni is India's highest paid Advocate General as well as highest paid public servant.

He states that Nadkarni gets paid a monthly fee of Rs eight lakh besides Rs 75,000 for every official visit to New Delhi.

According to him, this is much higher when Attorney General of India, who gets paid only Rs 80,000 a month.

He also points out that the President of India is paid Rs 1. 50 lakh a month, the Chief Justice of India Rs one lakh and a High Court Judge Rs 80,000.

He has also alleged that the fees paid to the AG were nothing short of a loot and plunder of the State’s exchequer.

 

The Government, by an order issued on 8 April 2013, hiked the fees of the Advocate General from a monthly maximum of five lakhs to a maximum of eight lakhs, claims Rodrigues, while the AG was earlier paid Rs 25,000 for a Delhi trip.

He also observes that the AG’s per appearance fee before the High Court has now been hiked from Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 per case per day.

His house rent allowance has also been doubled from a monthly Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000, he states.

Rodrigues in his complaint has also drawn the CAG’s attention that the Goa Government has currently over 20 advocates appointed in the High Court to defend the interests of the State in addition to the Public Prosecutor and three Additional Public Prosecutors.


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We come to know many things because of social activist Aires Rodrigues.

Thanks to him, now people know how much is paid to the AG.

We need more Aires in Goa.

Who says Goa has no funds? Whose father what goes!

- Francisco, Goa | 16 th May 2013 16:51

 

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