Government on probe spree: 10 weeks, 10 inquiries into SP projects
Yogi Adityanath has ordered at least 10 inquiries to probe alleged irregularities in the implementation of schemes and projects that were launched by the previous Samajwadi Party govt.lucknow Updated: Jun 02, 2017 14:58 IST
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered at least 10 inquiries during its nearly 10-week tenure to probe alleged irregularities in the implementation of schemes and projects that were launched by the previous Samajwadi Party regime in Uttar Pradesh.
More such schemes and projects may face probe in the coming weeks as the Yogi Adityanath government reviews the previous regime’s work.
Besides recommending a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the Delhi-Saharanpur-Yamunotri highway project on May 16, the state government has also constituted judicial, ministerial and departmental committees to examine such ‘irregularities’.
- Delhi-Saharanpur-Yamunotri highway project
- Lucknow’s Gomti River Front project
- Land aquisition for Agra-Lucknow Expressway
- Yash Bharti awards
- Samajwadi pension scheme
- Distribution of ration cards
- Submitting of fake fix deposits to get PWD contracts in Etah
- Irregularities in implementation of JNNURM by the Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam
- The Sachal Palna Grah
- Construction of Jal Prakash Narain International Convention Centre at Lucknow
The Uttar Pradesh State Highway Authority (UPSHA) on February 20 - in the middle of the 2017 assembly elections - lodged an FIR against four officials of a Hyderabad-based construction company for cheating and fraud.
The state government had constituted a three-member committee headed by former Allahabad high court judge, justice AK Singh to probe the ambitious Gomti River Front project of the SP government. The judicial committee has indicted former chief secretary Alok Ranjan and former principal secretary (irrigation) Deepak Singhal for serious irregularities in the implementation of the project.
A four-member committee headed by urban development minister Suresh Khanna has now been constituted to examine the judicial committee report and recommend action against those responsible for the lapses.
On his part, former irrigation minister Shivpal Yadav has defended his role and said everything was fine with the project till he was involved in its implementation.
The Yogi government has asked district magistrates associated with the acquisition of land for the Agra-Lucknow (Access Controlled) Greenfield Six Lane Expressway that connects the city of the Taj Mahal and the Uttar Pradesh capital to probe irregularities. RITES Limited is looking into the quality of construction of the project.
Other schemes under Yogi government’s scanner include the Yash Bharti awards, the Samajwadi Pension Scheme, distribution of ration cards, submitting fake fix deposits to get public works department contracts (Etah) and irregularities in implementation of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) by the Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam.
The SP government had announced a monthly pension of Rs 50,000 to the Yash Bharti awardees. As the Yogi government reviews the Yash Bharti awards, there are indications that the pension linked to the awards may be discontinued.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Narendra Rana (one of the Yash Bharti awardees) has now written a letter to the chief minister, protesting against the discontinuation of pension for the awardees.
The Allahabad high court has also ordered a CBI inquiry into the Sachal Palna Grah (mobile crèche) project following accusations of gross misappropriation of funds. The SP government had launched the project for construction workers.
The CBI is already conducting a probe into the multi-crore mining scam and questioned former principal secretary mining Gurdeep Singh, considered close to SP leader and former minister for mining Gayatri Prasad Prajapati. The role of 24 Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers may come into question as the CBI inquiry makes headway.
A probe has been also been ordered into the sale of 21 sugar mills under the Mayawati government that was in power from 2007 to 2012.