Team Anna collected Rs 2.9 crore in donations

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 10,000.

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.