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Jairam tells Akhilesh to start CBI inquiry into NREGA funds soon

Jairam tells Akhilesh to start CBI inquiry into NREGA funds soon
While recalling his earlier correspondence to the chief minister, in a fresh letter issued on Tuesday, Ramesh stressed on the necessity for a CBI probe into funds misappropriation in seven districts including Balrampur, Gonda, Mahoba, Sonbhadra, Sant Kabir Nagar, Mirzapur and Kushinagar besides a preliminary inquiry in other districts.

The Rural Development Minister said the high court, in its 31 January order, has stated that a writ in the nature of mandamus was issued directing the CBI to investigate the abuse and misappropriation of fund as well as the abuse of power under the scheme with regard to seven districts from 2007 to 2010 with appropriate action and prosecution in accordance with law.

The court has also directed the CBI to hold a preliminary inquiry with regard to other districts of the state for the three years relating to abuse, misuse or misappropriation of fund provided by the centre under scheme with follow-up regular enquiry, if required.

It also directed UP government to provide all necessary assistance including manpower to CBI within a month from the date of receipt of request to proceed for investigation in pursuance to the present judgement.

Besides, the court has also directed the state government to consider for establishment of multi-member state quality monitor at district and state level to supervise utilisation of fund under the scheme till the centre frame appropriate rules, regulations or issue appropriate order keeping in view the observation made in the body of judgement, Ramesh said in the letter.

Meanwhile, a Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court on 31 January had ordered the CBI to probe into allegations of financial irregularities in MGNREGS in seven districts of Uttar Pradesh.

The seven districts under the scanner are Balrampur, Gonda, Mahoba, Sonbhadra, Sant Kabir Nagar, Mirzapur and Kushinagar. The agency has been told to probe anomalies between 2007-10 when the state was under BSP rule.

It also asked the state government to establish multi-member state quality monitor at district and state levels to supervise utilisation of fund under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) till the Central government frames rules to check misuse of funds.

The court order came on a petition filed by a city-based journalist Sachidanand Anand. Passing the order, a division bench of Justice Devi Prasad Singh and Justice Ashok Pal Singh pulled up the Centre for not ordering the CBI inquiry into anomalies and instead asking the state government to take a call on it.
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