Friday, April 24, 2009

Publicity Expenditure of AP Govt !!

I filed an RTI in January 2009 to get the data for Year 2008 and am yet to get the complete information.

I filed an RTI earlier for data from april 2004 to september 2007. The details are in this blogpost

The Hindu carried an article on that data.

The expenditure then was 109 crores in total. Electronic media share was 6.8 crores (6% of total).

So going by those estimates, the publicity spending expenditure in the last 1.5 years might touch 290 crores or so (17 crores for electronic which is again 6%)

Here is the TOI article on the publicity expenditure of AP Govt (Electronic Media). Information on Print Media and Outdoor Publicity is pending.

Use RTI !!!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Tainted Netas from AP - Phase1 of Loksabha Elections..

We released the data for phase1 of Loksabha elections from AP for the 22 constituencies. 315 candidates are contesting in the elections. This is the gist of the analysis,

  • 34 Candidates face criminal charges (Nearly 11%)
  • 64 Candidates own assets worth more than a Crore rupees ( 20%)
  • 34% of the candidates are below 40 years.
  • 62 Candidates have not specified their educational qualification.
  • TDP Candidate from Khammam Mr Nama Nageswara Rao heads the list of richest contestants in phase1 with a net worth close to 174 crores.
  • 82% of the Candidates from the congress party own assets worth more than a crore rupees.
  • 5 out of 11 candidates from TDP face criminal charges. (Nearly 45 %)
  • More than 50% of the affidavits do not reveal the complete information that a voter needs to know about their candidates.
  • Close to 50% of the candidates are graduates or higher.
  • We have also found that some candidates have flouted the existing law of the land like the ‘Land Ceiling Act’.

Download the data and analysis here,

(Open the link and then download the document from Sky Drive)

1. The Press Release

2. Data Analysis

3. Details of Criminal charges

Go through the following sites,

Press Coverage

Times of India

The Hindu

Deccan Chronicle

Mail Today

Indian Express


Andhra Jyothy


There is more to follow in the coming da