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‘Bengal Govt Misappropriating Central Funds’

Leader of opposition within the West Bengal legislative meeting, Suvendu Adhikari on Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing the TMC-ruled authorities within the state of utilising central funds for corruption. He alleged {that a} majority of those funds had been being misused below most schemes of the central authorities that had been carried out within the state.

His motion got here a day after West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee met the prime minister in Delhi and submitted a memorandum looking for launch of dues over Rs 1 lakh crore below central schemes and different monetary support.

The chief minister had underlined that the Centre owed the state authorities funds below schemes resembling MGNREGA, PM Awas Yojana and PM Gram Sadak Yojana. She had mentioned the pending funds had been required to implement these schemes correctly in order that beneficiaries might reap most advantages.

In his letter, Adhikari alleged that cash below sure schemes had been spent displaying false utilisation certificates. He additionally alleged that the state authorities had proven that the MGNREGA funds had been used for plantation drive, however crores had been wasted as there was nothing on the bottom in actuality.

“In the last couple of years MGNREGA funds have been swindled in the name of planting saplings. Most schemes, otherwise actively executed in a panchayat area, were overlooked or discontinued and officials were instructed to execute schemes related to plantation of mangroves or fruit saplings, under the MGNREGA scheme. The individual beneficiaries, mostly from the ruling party (TMC) did not bother to do anything. They deducted their own commission and that of administrative,” Adhikari claimed.

Mamata had additionally mentioned the state authorities had not obtained any monetary support throughout exigencies like Covid-19 pandemic, in addition to pure calamities like cyclonic storms Yaas and Amphan.

This was Mamata’s third letter stating that each one protocols had been being maintained and, due to this fact, funds ought to be launched. Earlier in parliament, agricultural minister had clearly mentioned Bengal had not maintained guidelines and the Centre had stopped offering funds for that very cause.

Even as Mamata visited Modi within the nationwide capital, central authorities groups had been visiting completely different districts of the state to evaluate the bottom state of affairs below schemes talked about by the CM.

Adhikari offered the monetary calculations below the scheme talked about in his letter, saying: I request you (prime minister) to direct involved departments to dispatch extra such (central) groups as a way to conduct complete audit and unearth misuse of central funds. I imagine that the size of misappropriation of funds would shock your complete nation,” including, “the central government has been very generous to the people of West Bengal.” The BJP chief mentioned central groups visiting Bengal have additionally raised this difficulty.

Sources within the state authorities mentioned, “From 2018, whatever question is raised, it has been answered and, moreover, another final report has been submitted. These claims are not right.”
Sources on the bottom mentioned MGNREGA funds had been stopped at many locations and the identify of schemes had been additionally modified. For instance, PM Gram Sadak Yojana to ‘Bangla Gramin Sadak Yojana’.

The state authorities has denied these claims however TMC leaders have argued in favour of such identify adjustments a number of instances. According to them, if the Centre has decreased Bengal’s share and more cash is being offered by the state authorities, then it was solely truthful to vary the names of the schemes.

Reacting to Adhikari’s letter, the TMC mentioned it was a transparent effort to dam central funds. Party chief Sudip Banerjee mentioned “This is an effort to economically block Bengal; I will raise this issue in Parliament.”

Ahead of the panchayat elections, the state authorities desperately wants funds. But if these funds aren’t disbursed then it’s doable that the BJP, which is attempting to make deeper inroads into the state, will use the corruption angle of their marketing campaign in opposition to the TMC.

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