Akhilesh govt splurged Rs 15 crore on functions to distribute Rs 20 crore: CAG

This startling finding is part of a “General and Social Sector” report prepared by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) and tabled in the UP assembly Thursday.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Updated: May 19, 2017 9:05 am
akhilesh yadav, yadav government, uttar pradesh government, UP government, cag, Comptroller and Auditor General of India, unemployment allowance scheme, SP government, samajwadi party, indian express news, india news These cheques were given to about 1.26 lakh unemployed persons and, at many venues, were handed over personally by Akhilesh, then the chief minister.

THE AKHILESH Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh spent Rs 15.06 crore between 2012 and 2013 on functions to distribute cheques worth Rs 20.58 crore to beneficiaries of its flagship unemployment allowance scheme. And this, when the scheme specified that the money should be deposited directly in the bank accounts of beneficiaries.

This startling finding is part of a “General and Social Sector” report prepared by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) and tabled in the UP assembly Thursday.

According to the report, the previous SP government spent Rs 8.07 crore on seating, refreshment and other arrangements for these functions in 2012-13, and Rs 6.99 crore on transporting beneficiaries to the venues.

These cheques were given to about 1.26 lakh unemployed persons and, at many venues, were handed over personally by Akhilesh, then the chief minister.

“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,” the CAG report stated.

The allowance scheme was initially started by the SP government of 2003-2007 under Mulayam Singh Yadav, with Rs 1,000 for each unemployed person within the age group of 30-40 years who had cleared high school. The initiative was for residents of the state registered at the employment office and with an annual family income of less than Rs 36,000.

According to the CAG, the scheme was revived by the Akhilesh government in May 2012. Its report stated that according to 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 report also pointed out that the scheme’s guidelines did not contain any provision for the transportation of beneficiaries to venues or for seating arrangements and refreshments.

The report stated that the government, during a discussion on the scheme in November 2016, “while accepting the facts and figures, (and) that the opening of bank accounts in nationalised bank was mandatory as per the scheme’s “niyamavali” (guidelines)”, claimed that the “payment to the beneficiary through bank accounts was not binding”.

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    N.R.NAGARAJAN
    May 19, 2017 at 4:49 pm
    The CAG has aptly pointed out the extravagancy of SP government in which tax payers hard earned money has been spent recklessley for adverti t to the ru party.People has aptly punished the family party and this is a lesson for the rulers in future
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      HOMER
      May 19, 2017 at 4:21 pm
      This is what secular socialist LIBERALS do! And the SECULARIST LIBERALS & alleged INTELLECTUALS think this is what India needs!
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        Raman Govindan
        May 19, 2017 at 4:20 pm
        Akilesh no advt. and image building ,if fthe money is directly deposited into accounts
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          HOMER
          May 19, 2017 at 4:19 pm
          The UPA gang are all there simply to loot not work for the people or the country! Had they been made to pay for the functions I'm sure there would be no functions at all!
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            krishna kumar
            May 19, 2017 at 4:15 pm
            This is clear waste of Public money and possibly done for personal political gain. Such kind of unprovided for expenditure, must be recovered from person authorizing it.
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              KAPIL DEV
              May 19, 2017 at 2:28 pm
              what does mean this exposure of wastage of public money . whether money was of his father . he should be behind the bar otherwise no use of such disclosures and objection of CAG .
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                Sham
                May 19, 2017 at 1:34 pm
                He ia yet another engineer turned politician, just like Kejriwal in Delhi. I think they are a blot on this profession.
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                  Damodar Biswal
                  May 19, 2017 at 12:42 pm
                  During Akhilesh's tenure there was no accountability.Poor boy suffered because of his father's n uncle's continuous interference in the governance.
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                    harun
                    May 19, 2017 at 11:31 am
                    What a joker this Guy .A criminal waste of Money
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                      Mytake
                      May 19, 2017 at 11:00 am
                      Very much typical of mostly Nehruvian era under different shape and form. All get their inspiration from one party at the top!
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                        charu
                        May 19, 2017 at 9:44 am
                        This man has no shame when his father is begging for president seat of his own founded party in public. He can keep humiliating his father and going to lose his own traditional vote bank. That's good. I will make sure all these scams get maximum public light so that he faces utter humiliation. Sick .
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                          Urmila Duhan
                          May 19, 2017 at 9:28 am
                          Recover the wasted money from the CM.
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                            Apte
                            May 19, 2017 at 8:27 am
                            1. “Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh (UP) spent Rs 15.06 crore between 2012 and 2013 on functions to distribute cheques worth Rs 20.58 crore to beneficiaries of its flagship unemployment allowance scheme. This happened even though the scheme specified that the money should be deposited directly in the bank accounts of beneficiaries.” 2. These findings of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India may be very appropriate but I am sure no action will be taken against nor any explanation sought from the concerned officials of UP government. 3. Politicians are free to say that they have nothing to do with actions of the officials. 4. It is worth noting that disciplinary action against erring officials has to be taken by their bosses and they (bosses) would always prefer to protect their juniors. This is the usual experience, even in cases where junior officials are caught in corruption cases. 5. Incidents like these underscore need for appointment of a Lokayukta.
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                              Mahesh
                              May 19, 2017 at 7:33 am
                              Most crooked politician in Uttar Pradesh history after Mayawati. They will rot in hell.
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                                KAPIL DEV
                                May 19, 2017 at 2:35 pm
                                these faked socialists are making fun of poverty . when you give unemployment grant them it should go into their account online why they abused power and spent 15 crores as expenditure on disbursing twenty crore rupees to the unemplo youths yogi government should tale stern action against akhilesh and govt official involved .
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                                yash sehgal
                                May 19, 2017 at 7:28 am
                                So the peaple kicked SP on the posterior very hard..now they will forget gala Saufai festival celebrated every year with public funds..
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                                  Mahesh
                                  May 19, 2017 at 7:37 am
                                  Shame on Mulayam to teach his son how to loot the nations poor. Hopefully Akhilesh will not teach his kids. Who knows.
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                                    VIVEK
                                    May 19, 2017 at 9:42 am
                                    I don't think it matters what Mulayam or Akhilesh teach their progeny as they are soon you going to be irrelevant just like Mayawati.
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