Claiming diversion of central funds, Congress MP from Anandpur Sahib, Ravneet Singh Bittu, on Friday demanded a comptroller and auditor general (CAG) audit into utilisation of such funds in Punjab. Bittu said he had raised the issue under matters of urgent public importance in Parliament.
He claimed that during its previous five-year rule in the state the ruling SAD-BJP alliance had diverted funds worth Rs 2,000-crore.
"Funds provided by the central government to Punjab under various schemes have not only been diverted, but have also been mismanaged and misappropriated by the ruling SAD-BJP government," he said.
Bittu said that due to this violation, the schemes pertaining to the most vital sectors of welfare, health, agriculture, rural development and irrigation have suffered badly. He brought to the notice of the House that the interest accrued on these Central sponsored funds has been illegally adjusted in the contributory share of the state government.
He also accused the state government of earning huge profits from the sale of wheat through public distribution system (PDS).
Bittu said that the wheat was released at the rate of Rs 6.10 per kg, but the state sold it at the rate of Rs 8.10 per kg through ration depots.
The Congress MP urged the union government to refer this matter to the CAG to determine how much money had been diverted and siphoned off during the five-year rule of the SAD-BJP government.
Bittu suggested that to check such irregularities and violations, the Centre should depute nodal officers of the Central cadre at state and district levels.