Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who has assumed a tough stance after the Lok Sabha poll debacle, is learnt to have sought explanation from principal secretaries of nine departments for surrendering the non-spent budget.
Akhilesh is giving final touches to the 2014-15 budget, which he is expected to present in the Assembly next month. The nine departments where the budget has not been completely utilised include Irrigation, Agriculture, Urban Employment, Culture, Information and Technology, Higher Education, Youth welfare, Food & Civil supplies and Land Development and Water Resources.
These departments have returned nearly 15-20 per cent of the budget meant for 2013-14 as they failed to sanction the funds in the stipulated timeframe. Among this, the Irrigation department was allocated a maximum Rs 7,061crore in 2013-14 while Agriculture department was given Rs 17,174 crore.
Non-utilisation of budget in 2012-13 was explained away with the reason that the government had around 8 months in hand.
Akhilesh has also called a review meeting of all DMs and SPs in Lucknow on June 10 for assessing the progress in development and law and order front.
In the past eight days, the CM has taken a series of action against officials. On Wednesday, he suspended Additional Chief Officer of District Board, Bulandshahr, Pradeep Kumar on corruption charges. District Statistics Officer of Ghaziabad Lakshmi Devi was suspended for dereliction of duty on Tuesday while Superintendent of Police in Ferozabad and Lakhimpur Khiri Satyendra Kumar Singh and Dr Rakesh Singh, respectively, were suspended for laxity in duty on Monday.
Nirankar Nath Pandey, the district excise officer of Rae Bareli, was suspended over corruption charges last Friday. Akhilesh also issued show cause notices to eight District Magistrates and 10 Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs) for remaining absent between 10 am and 12 noon from their offices.
‘No comments on Modi for 6 months’
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Wednesday said his party would not make any comment on the newly formed Narendra Modi government at the Centre before it completes six months.
Yadav, who landed in Allahabad to attend a private function here, said this in a brief interaction with mediapersons at the Police Lines helipad. “Our party leadership and we have decided not to comment on the new government. Give it six months and then we will see,” said Yadav.
The CM reiterated the same in Jaunpur, where he had gone to pay tribute to a party leader, Satai Ram Yadav, who had died in an accident on May 19. The CM, meanwhile, assured that by 2016 the rural areas in the state will get 18 hours of power supply and, in the urban areas, it would be between 20 to 22 hours. (ENS)