RTI reveals Rs 16-crore scam in tainted MPPSC

  • Sravani Sarkar, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Nov 13, 2014 16:28 IST

A government audit has revealed financial irregularities to the tune of Rs 16 crore in the scam-tainted Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission, documents availed under the RTI Act showed.

The irregularities pertain to Rs 15.81 crore spent by the commission for conducting different exams from 2002 to 2013 and not accounted for, the documents showed.

HT has a set of the documents procured by RTI activist Ajay Dubey.

Though the audit — conducted by the Gwalior-based office of Accountant General (general and social sector audit) — was for the period April 2011 to October 2013, it mentioned unaccounted funds dating back from 2002.

The audit report, generated in December 2013, said that the commission failed to account for sum of over Rs one crore provided to different exam centre heads, district collectors and divisional commissioners for conduction of the controversial MP Civil Services Preliminary Exams 2012.

The exam was conducted in February 2013 and has landed in controversy after a gang confessed to leaking question papers of the exam. The matter is under investigation of the special task force (STF) of MP Police.

Officials of the commission said on condition of anonymity that such accounting is an ongoing process and does not indicate irregularity. The secretary of the commission Manohar Dubey refused to comment.

The report showed that apart from the sum of Rs 1.078 crore related to civil services preliminary exam 2012, Rs 44.60 lakh provided for other exams in the audit duration was also not accounted for.

Similarly, accounting of sum of over Rs 14.2 crore remained pending since 2002, taking the total unaccounted sum to Rs 15.81 crore, the report said.

Activist Dubey alleged that financial irregularities by an organisation like MPPSC become quite serious especially in light of the fact that its examination confidentiality was breached.

The audit report also pointed out other financial irregularities.

The commission is apparently managing a bank account without the required approval of the finance department.

The commission’s accounts department also failed to match the bank accounts and cash book entries and to deposit the sum received as exam fees in the state treasury within the time limit.

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