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Tripura govt to go for MGNREGS audit of LF rule: Dy CM

Tripura govt to go for MGNREGS audit of LF rule: Dy CM

Agartala, Jan 21 (UNI) Deputy Chief Minister of Tripura holding the charge of Rural Development Jishnu Dev Varma asserted the assembly that the state government would conduct a special audit to all rural development blocks of the state in the expenditure had incurred under MGNREGS during 2011-14 in the Left Front rule.

Replying to a notice of BJP MLA Shambu Lal Chakma in the assembly on financial irregularities of MGNREGS fund in Bishalgarh block in 2014 to the tune of Rs 16 Cr, Dev Varma said that the audit report of 2012-13 was presented only in one page and more interestingly, the audit firm had completed on the same day of the commencement of audit.

He said the corruption has come to fore following a complaint filed by one Gopal Chandra Bhadra to the chief secretary on January 25, 2014, and afterwards special audit was ordered and that established the corruption. Subsequently, a criminal case had been registered in the Bishalgarh police station under various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and five officers responsible for the scam had surrendered in court.

“The case is still on in the district and session court and FIRs have been filed; as per special audit master roll worth Rs 16 crores had not been kept properly. The incumbent government has ensured regular audit of the accounts of MGNREGA work and a chief engineer has been appointed to look exclusively into the MGNREGA work being done,” Dev Varma said.

However, BJP MLA and former minister Sudip Roy Barman stood up and said that the order for filing FIR against guilty officials had actually been signed by then finance minister of the Left Front Badal Chowdhury but no action was taken on the recommendation made in the file as it got stuck on another important table for four months.

Sudip asked whether the state government would look into the matter and see who had kept the file pending without taking action, as recommended by the finance minister. The RD minister Jishnu Dev Varma asserted that the present government was examining all aspects of the scam and would take appropriate action.


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