Karnataka minister undergoes treatment, govt to foot the Rs 1.16 crore bill

The 61-year-old actor turned politician was admitted to a hospital on February 21 after he complained of breathlessness.

By: Press Trust of India | Bangalore | Updated: July 17, 2014 3:58 pm
ambreesh-L The government will reimburse the amount that Ambareesh paid for treatment at Mount Elizabeth hospital. (Source: Express photo)

Karnataka government has decided to reimburse the medical bill to the tune of Rs 1.16 crore incurred on Housing Minister Ambareesh for his treatment, triggering a controversy over spending tax payers’ money.

The 61-year-old actor turned politician was admitted to a hospital on February 21 after he complained of breathlessness and was later shifted to Mount Elizabeth hospital in Singapore for further treatment. He returned here on April 11.

According to a notification issued by the Department of Personnel and Administration (protocol) on July 11, government will reimburse the amount he paid for treatment at Mount Elizabeth hospital.

As per the Medical Attendance Rule of 1958, the maximum reimbursement normally is Rs 5 lakh, provided ministers avail treatment within the country if facilities are available.

When asked about this, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who also heads the Finance Department, told reporters that “In special cases we can give. It is the discretion of the government.”

Energy Minister D K Shivakumar said the government had arranged for his shifting to the Singapore hospital and moreover Ambareesh is “an asset” to Karnataka apart from being an actor.

“The government had arranged for a special flight. He was a former Union Minister and an actor. He is an asset to Karnataka,” Shivakumar said.

BJP leader and former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said it was not new and earlier governments had also taken such decisions. However, it was left to the government how much amount should be reimbursed, he said.

“Government has taken a decision. On other occasions also, the government has paid the amount. Whether it is higher or lower – (it) is left to them,” said Shettar, the Opposition Leader in the Legislative Assembly.

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    Anand Arya
    Jul 17, 2014 at 12:43 pm
    What a shame. A Prime Minister of India (in office) can get treated for all his ailment at AIIMS why not this guy whose name I - a pretty enlightened soul, even if I say so myself - never heard. This is loot of tax payers's money. Unless, AIIMS recommended he had no business to get treated in Singapore - Recover from him. As an Actor - they are a dime a dozen - he made his money and should spend it - why should he get preferential treatment on Tax Payers' Money.
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      Hemant Kathuria
      Jul 17, 2014 at 10:58 am
      Open loot by the Political cl. Where is media did not allowed 6 politicians to go to Brazil.
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        david
        Jul 17, 2014 at 9:42 am
        Who cares, cheap politicians, cheap govt., cheap country, cheap people, majority people uneducated, poor, hungry people, what they can decide the future of India.
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          DN REDDY
          Jul 17, 2014 at 3:33 pm
          Response of the opposition is shameful. What can a taxpayer do when these jokers decide to use their discretion...
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            jai
            Jul 17, 2014 at 11:17 am
            I wonder what the Karnataka citizens need to do to become an 'et' to the state. Act in those B grade Kannada movies? or maybe just be born to someone who has acted in them and made loads of money already!!
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              Jay
              Jul 18, 2014 at 9:56 am
              What an ignorant and shameless answer "it was not new and earlier governments had also taken such decisions". If earlier government has ghobar on its face would you use it instead of talc?“an et” really or liability for looting tax payers money ?
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                MSD
                Jul 17, 2014 at 11:48 am
                What is this?? Why is the tax money being paid to this dude? 1.16crore??!!! Isnt that to much? What problem did he have? If he was an actor and politician, did he not am a lot of wealth? Why can he not pay for his own treatment? These politicians are just sitting and looting our country.
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                  Nita Chhabra
                  Jul 18, 2014 at 12:07 am
                  Better believe it. It's totally a feudal system. Laws, rules, regulations do not mean a whit when the thieving politicians have to help themselves or their own. Government treasury is the money chest of the ministerial Ali Babas and their bunch of thieves, on either side of the isle in the legislative chambers. This kind of looting will not end until the public comes down heavy against it, or the courts take actions against it on a PIL or suo moto. Until then keep grinding your teeth helplessly, hopelessly.Sunitha Kumar, USA
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                    Monk
                    Jul 17, 2014 at 1:08 pm
                    Heard that Ambareesh has signed up as hero for remake of movie "Dudde Dodappa'!
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                      narayan
                      Jul 17, 2014 at 9:47 am
                      Tax payers money can be used for better purpose as mid day meals for the hungry citizens..This actor and his wife are well known stars in southern films field and are very rich.May God prevail over Karnataka Govt.
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                        ManninaMagha
                        Jul 19, 2014 at 2:15 am
                        Come on!1 Ambareesh should not only pay his own medical bills, he should pay the bills of poor farmers in Mandya as well. Who is taking care of them??
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                          Ramesh
                          Aug 17, 2014 at 3:41 pm
                          all his youth he was known for drinking alcohol, spoil his health and now healthcare by looting taxpayers money. SHAME
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                            Alevoor Rajagopal
                            Jul 17, 2014 at 10:03 am
                            I have respiratory problems. I request the CM to air lift me to Singapore and bear my treatment costs in . Who am I? A bonafide voter and a common man. In my view I am Siddaramaiah's boss.
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                              Sachin jagade
                              Jul 17, 2014 at 11:22 am
                              Why could he not be treated in an Indian hospital? There are many super speciality hospitals in India where Ambareesh could have been treated. This is nothing but playing to the rich gallery!! What a shame.
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                                sham
                                Jul 17, 2014 at 9:48 am
                                Our Great Country is not good enough for our leaders. Soniya goes to US. Lesser leaders go to Singapore. Opposition will keep quiate as they also want to enjoy similar benefits.
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                                  Hanglur Srinivas Varna
                                  Jul 17, 2014 at 10:48 am
                                  The government has done an unpardonable act. Especially when this government cannot provide basic amenities such has schools, health centres and clean drinking water to its villages, it should indulge in this irresponsible act. It pays 1.16 crores to this beggar and another 11 lakhs to another begger, U R Ananthamurthy. Instead of paying our money to these beggars, they should have been sent to beggars rehabilitation camp. They should have been admitted to government hospital for treatment just like beggars.
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                                    Kalra
                                    Jul 17, 2014 at 6:35 pm
                                    Government of India does not allow Medical Treatment, of Retired Defence Service Personnel, abroad though they are members of Ex Service Men Contributory Health Scheme and have served the country for the period ranging from 15 t0 40 years. But these so called elected community can do any thing under the Sun irrespective of the period/contribution they have made while in authority. Wonder is this Super Star of South bank corrupt ? God Save Our Country's Common Man from Such Parasites.
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                                      SG
                                      Jul 17, 2014 at 9:29 am
                                      How much rupees centre spending onPriya Ranjan Dasmunsi please also publish that
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                                        Travis
                                        Jul 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm
                                        This is exactly the problem with Indian politics.Actors and or politicians already am quite a lot. They get preferential treatment.... Then, give them this crazy amount. People go to India for treatments.....our ministers go abroad... WOW. World's largest democracy.
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                                          trv
                                          Jul 17, 2014 at 9:35 am
                                          Another way of looting. Request our beloved Ambareesh to reject this and set an example. Come on Mr.Ambareesh.
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                                            Victor
                                            Jul 17, 2014 at 11:26 am
                                            Did he also charge Daily Allowance in USD for his stay in Singapore. He being an et this TA/ DA too should be paid to him..............
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