Some of the high-profile donors to Anna Hazare’s India Against Corruption movement include Vallabh Bhansali-promoted Enam Securities, now a subsidiary of Axis Bank, Nimesh Kampani’s JM Financial Foundation, Eicher Goodearth Trust, and Sitaram Jindal, promoter of the Rs 650-crore Jindal Aluminium Ltd, according to a list of donors put up on the movement’s official website.
HDFC Bank and Jammu & Kashmir Bank too have made small contributions, according to the list.
As on April 13, the movement received donations of Rs 82.87 lakh, according to the statement of receipts and expenditure put up on www.indiaagainstcorruption.org.
The expenditure statement shows that about Rs 32.69 lakh has been spent so far on activities including the January 30 rally, indefinite fast in April and preparatory work.
The movement was started among others by Hazare, Swami Ramdev, Sri Sri Ravishankar, Mahmood Madani and Swami Agnivesh. Hazare had gone on an indefinite fast on April 5 demanding that the government enact the movement’s version of the Jan Lokpal Bill. He ended the fast after 98 hours, after the government notified a 10-member joint committee of ministers and activists to draft a new Lokpal Bill.
The first meeting of the joint drafting committee will be held on Saturday. Civil society members of the panel will declare their assets and liablities tomorrow, PTI reported.
According to the statement of receipts and expenditure, almost half the amount spent by the movement — over Rs 16 lakh — was on “telecom” and “printing”, and about a third — Rs 9.47 lakh — on “tents, bed, sound system and hall booking”. The movement was left with a balance of Rs 50 lakh as on April 13.
Among the high-profile CEOs who have been listed as donors are Sanjeev Bikhchandani of naukri.com, Romesh Sobti, CEO and MD of IndusInd Bank, and Harbachan Singh Bawa, vice-chairman of Zuari Industries.