CAG pulls up Govt for misuse of funds
LARGE-SCALE IRREGULARITIES have been detected in implementation of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav?s ambitious Kanya Vidya Dhan Yojna. Under the scheme, the State Government had distributed Rs 20,000 to each girl passing intermediate examination from UP Board. These girls belonged to below poverty line (BPL) category.india Updated: May 14, 2006 01:03 IST
LARGE-SCALE IRREGULARITIES have been detected in implementation of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s ambitious Kanya Vidya Dhan Yojna. Under the scheme, the State Government had distributed Rs 20,000 to each girl passing intermediate examination from UP Board. These girls belonged to below poverty line (BPL) category.
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), in its recent report tabled in the State Assembly, has castigated the education department for not properly chalking out a plan for fair distribution of money.
In many cases, the money had been doled out to non-deserving candidates in 2004-05. The CAG said that the government had also failed to recover money from them. The department also distributed the money without any survey for identification of deserving beneficiaries for which the State Government had allocated Rs 10 lakh. Later, the fund was surrendered in March 2004.
In the first phase, the government had allocated Rs 200 crore to the department for the scheme and the selection committee consisting of district magistrate, district inspector of schools and chief development officer was to decide the case. As per the allocation, the money was meant for one lakh girls. Under the schemes, the girls falling under BPL category, were to be selected on priority and thereafter girls above poverty line were to be benefited. As against the target of one lakh beneficiaries, 96942 BPL girls were enlisted but actual recipients were 92597 girls. The department distributed Rs 185.19 crore.
While remaining 4345 deserving girls were denied the money, the department selected 7403 girls belonging to upper class and doled out Rs 14.81 crore. The CAG sample survey in Allahabad, Azamgarh, Jhansi, JP Nagar, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut and Varanasi indicated that 2698 BPL girls were left out. The CAG said that the district selection committee had also completely failed to verify income certificates.