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UP doesn’t favour CBI probe into NREGA

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, August 14, 2013
First Published: 11:18 IST(14/8/2013) | Last Updated: 11:20 IST(14/8/2013)

The state government is likely to oppose a CBI inquiry into irregularities in implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) in Uttar Pradesh as favoured by the centre.

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The Supreme Court has asked the state government to file its response to the Centre’s report.

“The state government does not favour a CBI inquiry as suggested by the centre. We will file the state government’s response to the centre’s affidavit filed in the apex court in four weeks,” said a senior officer.

“The state government has taken action with regard to the reports of the quality monitors. It has already sent action taken reports (ATRs) to the centre.

Moreover, the economic offences wing (EOW) is conducting an inquiry into irregularities in about 11 districts,” said the officer.

Various inquiry reports submitted to the state government had pointed at the misuse of MNREGA funds for buying toys, calendars and tents.

Most of the glaring irregularities had been reported from Balrampur, Gonda, Mahoba, Kushinagar, Mirzapur, Sant Kabir Nagar and Sonbhadra. The centre had constantly raised the issue with the state government at various levels.

The state government, however, consistently opposed a CBI inquiry, saying it would act against the officers found guilty of the irregularities.

Union minister for rural development Jairam Ramesh, too, sent letters to the state government during the BSP and the present regime, demanding a CBI inquiry.

Ramesh had also raised the issue when he met Akhilesh Yadav following his installation as chief minister.


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