Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh had spent Rs 15.06 crore on functions to distribute cheques worth Rs 20.58 crore to beneficiaries of its flagship unemployment allowance scheme, according to Indian Exress report. It has been learned the functions were held between 2012 and 2013 and then CM Akhilesh was present in several such functions. It was revealed in a report prepared by Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). CAG had tabled the report titled as General and Social Sector in the state assembly.
The Samajwadi Party government had spent Rs 8.07 crore seating, refreshment and other arrangements and remaining Rs 6.99 crore on transportation, the report says.The CAG report said that an avoidable expenditure of Rs 15.06 crore was incurred on organising functions to distribute cheques to beneficiaries of ‘Berozgari Bhatta Yojna’ in 69 districts though the unemployment allowance was to be credited to the beneficiaries’ bank accounts.
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According to the CAG report, as per the rule 8.4 (i) of the scheme, the payment was to be deposited on a quarterly basis in savings bank accounts opened in nationalised banks or in the kshetriya gramin bank by beneficiaries. The account details had to be provided by beneficiaries on their application forms for availing the scheme. The scheme’s guidelines did not contain any provision for the transportation of beneficiaries to venues or for seating arrangements and refreshments, the IE report says.
Meanwhile, on April 11, the Yogi Adityanath government had given permission to Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) and other central agencies to carry out audit of development authorities in the state, including the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA). There are 29 development authorities in the state and the decision taken at a meeting of the state cabinet assumes significance especially in the context of permission sought by CAG to carry out GDA audit, PTI report says. The decision was taken by during a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Adityanath. There has been a tug-of-war between the Centre and the UP government during Akhilesh’s tenure about CAGs prerogative to probe the affairs of GDA
GDA had maintained that it does not fall under the ambit of the CAG because it does not use resources out of the Consolidated Fund of India. The SP government had maintained that GDA generates its own resources and is a non-profit body. On February 8, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his election rally in Ghaziabad had targeted GDA for alleged land scams and said he would ensure a CAG audit of all development authorities, including GDA, if BJP came to power in UP.