The previous Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh led by Akhilesh Yadav was deprived of Rs 477 crore due to unauthorised mining operations in the state, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India said in a report on revenue sector for 2015-16, that was tabled in the state Assembly yesterday, an Indian Express report said.
The report said that the state geology and mining department did not check the submission of quarterly returns and realisation of different royalty on a reassessment of rates among others. Apart from this, a penalty of Rs 282 crore was not recovered from 15 lessees, who extracted minerals without revamping of the mining plan and 12 lessees, who were given permission to extract minerals much above approved in the plan, it further said.
It said the state government could not recover another Rs 179 crore from five lessees and 2,909 brick kiln owners for extraction of sand, boulder etc, said Indian Express report.
According to the CAG report, “There was slow progress in implement of scheme as against the sanctioned cost of Rs 7,971.48 crore of the scheme, expenditure of Rs 3,764.72 crore was incurred by the discoms (power distribution companies).” It added that as per scheme guidelines, loans provided by Centre were to be converted into grants on completion of the projects within stipulated time.
“Due to not completing the projects within the stipulated period, chances of conversion of the loan of Rs 4,110.70 received under the scheme into a grant of Rs 2,332.58 crore looks remote,” the report said.
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In the meantime, the CAG audit of the economic sector found that even as 15,403 metric tonne of municipal solid waste is generated in the state every day, only about 1,521 metric tonne waste is treated each day.
According to Indian Express, Reason for this is that out of 636 municipal authorities in Uttar Pradesh, 620 do not have solid waste treatment facilities. Apart from this, 1.41 lakh metric tonne of waste was being disposed of at five illegal dump sites in the state— one in Barabanki and four in Kanpur.