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Monday, 2 April 2012

Jairam seeks CBI probe into UP MNREGS scam


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Jairam seeks CBI probe into UP MNREGS scam

Akhilesh To Consider Possibility

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Lucknow: Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh on Saturday asked Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav to recommend a CBI probe into the anomalous implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) in Sonbhadra, Balrampur and Gonda districts.
    On a two-day visit to UP, Jairam met Akhilesh for an

hour on Saturday. “The scale of corruption in MNREGS in UP was massive under Mayawati’s rule. I have now asked the current CM to order a CBI probe for these districts. Ordering this probe will send out a strong message to the people,’’ Jairam told reporters.
    After Saturday’s meeting, incumbent CM Akhilesh Yadav has assured Jairam he will examine the files related to the MNREGS scam and consider the possibility of recommending a CBI probe. Akhilesh is expected to send his response to Jairam within a week’s time.
Central team confirmed misuse of MNREGS funds
    This could open an embarrassing can of worms for the CM’s special secretary, 1998 batch IAS officer Pandhari Yadav, who was district magistrate of Sonbhadra and district programme officer (DPO) when the two-member Central team inquired and confirmed MNREGA anomalies in Sonbhadra. Lead by G N Sharma, consultant (works) and N K Yadava, the team, in January 2011, confirmed the widespread misuse of MNREGS funds, poor quality of construction works, and non-payment of dues to labourers in Sonbhadra. Technically, under MNREGS, DPOs are held ac
countable for the effective implementation of the scheme. After the central team submitted its report, Yadav had issued recovery notices against indicted persons.
    Following the confirmation of anomalies, Jairam, in October 2011, wrote to then CM Mayawati demanding a CBI probe. Mayawati government, however, turned the request down, saying a probe by the state’s Crime Branch was already underway.
    In October’s letter, and the ones before that, Jairam had also, repeatedly, drawn the government’s attention to the complaints made on the basis of reports submitted by Central Employment Guarantee Council member Sanjay Dixit.

PHOTO OP: Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav welcomes Union minister Jairam Ramesh at his official residence in the city on Saturday


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