Two schools run by trusts, and therefore ineligible for benefits under MP Local Area Development funds, were given computers for which Rs 10 lakh had been sanctioned, according to a third-party audit of the utilisation of MPLAD funds in Gandhinagar district. And when the audit team went to the schools, in Mokhasan and Kalol under L K Advani’s constituency, it found the computers outdated and unusable.
From the audit report for the district accessed by The Indian Express, some of the other findings:
Absence of records: The team failed to access the ultilisation certificates for any of the 51 projects it inspected in the district, one of 308 nationwide where audits were done. There were no dates for letters of recommendation for 40 projects, or for technical sanction for 24 projects. In 39 of the projects, the unspent balance was not specified. “In respect of 32 works the files/records were not made available by the district authority/ implementing authority on the ground that they were not traceable,” the report says. “It was quite difficult for the team to move forward in the absence of such information… the team could not undertake cross-verification of (much) of the data/information furnished.”
Absence of work: Funds were spent on the “development of public park, approach road surrounding the lake, pathway and sanitation works located at Malav Talab at Mansa city”, the report notes, and adds: “In the park around the lake there is no greenery around.”
SC/ST: The guidelines call for special attention to areas dominated by SC and ST communities. In Gandhinagar, the report states, “The district authorities have not been found enforcing this provision of the guidelines.