Lokayukta gives clean chit to BSP’s Maurya

Toilet ‘scam’ Recommends probe into misappropriation of funds in Rae Bareli,Amethi.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: April 30, 2013 1:49:25 am

Toilet ‘scaM’ Recommends probe into misappropriation of funds in Rae Bareli,Amethi.

Lokayukta N K Mehrotra on Monday recommended an inquiry and action against officials of the Panchayati Raj Department for alleged misappropriation of about Rs 40 lakh in the construction of toilets in Rae Bareli and Amethi districts during the BSP regime under the Centre’s total sanitation scheme.

However,the Lokayukta exonerated former Panchayati Raj Minister Swami Prasad Maurya,against whom the complaint had been filed,saying that nothing in his inquiry indicated involvement of the then minister in the alleged misuse of funds.

Mehrotra sent his report to Chief Secretary Jawed Usmani on Monday.

The complaint against Maurya was lodged by one Devesh Mishra,a resident of Rae Bareli,alleging that Maurya,as Panchayati Raj Minister in the Mayawati government,had siphoned off large sums of money meant for construction of toilets under the total sanitation scheme in connivance with officials of his department. Maurya is currently Leader of Opposition in the Assembly.

Mehrotra said he asked the district development officers of Rae Bareli and Amethi districts to do physical verification of all toilets constructed there under the scheme. He said the inquiry revealed that a total of 1.9 lakh toilets were to be constructed in that period but only 18,031 were actually found to have been built during the physical verification.

The Lokayukta said the government informed him that a total of Rs 65 lakh was allocated for the construction of toilets in two districts and the cost of constructing one toilet was about Rs 2,200.

Mehrotra said he recommended a proper inquiry into the misuse of funds and appropriate action against the guilty officials. The Lokayukta also recommended the recovery of siphoned money from the guilty officials.

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