Terming Uttar Pradesh government as ‘anti-people’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday lashed out at Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for ‘rejecting’ the Centre’s various proposals on multiple occasions. Addressing an election rally in Ghaziabad, he listed the out schemes and proposals that the ruling dispensation had rejected. PM Modi said that the Akhilesh government has not taken any adequate steps to end the practice of holding interviews for class III and IV government jobs to encourage ‘corruption’. He also took a dig at the state government for managing to bring only 14 per cent of farmers in the state under the centre’s crop insurance scheme. Apart from these PM Modi flayed Chief Minister for refusing CAG audit of Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA).
Notably, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), on the basis of recommendations made by a Committee of Secretaries, had scrapped interviews for junior-level posts. It had announced that from January 1, 2016 there would be no recruitment with interview at the junior-level posts, in government of India ministries, departments, attached offices or public sector undertakings, the DoPT had said.
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The Centre had cleared a crop insurance scheme under which farmers premium has been kept at a maximum of 2 per cent for foodgrains and oilseeds and up to 5 per cent for horticulture/cotton crops. Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) — was cleared at the Cabinet meeting, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to report, PMFBY had increased the insurance coverage to 50 per cent of the total crop area of 194.40 million hectare from the existing level of about 25—27 per cent crop area. The expenditure was expected to be around Rs 9,500 crore. In PMFBY, there is no cap on the premium and reduction of the sum insured, the report said. Besides, 25 per cent of the likely claim will be settled directly on farmers account and there will be one insurance company for the entire state as well as farm level assessment of loss for localised risks and post harvest loss.
It was reported that the UP government had denied permission to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) to conduct Performance Audit of Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA). There is constitutional provision for CAG auditing anybody that receives funds from the Consolidated Fund of India. The GDA received funds from the Consolidated Fund of the State which includes additional 2 per cent stamp duty and is expending the same on the directions of the state government for infrastructure projects, development of area, roads and thus fall under audit jurisdiction.
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But the state government had denied CAG permission to audit on ground that the 2 per cent of stamp duty does not fall within the category of Consolidated Fund of the State and that the Accountant General is not empowered to carry out the audit or bodies or authorities unless authorized by Governor.