Akhilesh Yadav government spent Rs 15 crore on functions to distribute Rs 20 crore: CAG report
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Akhilesh Yadav government spent Rs 15 crore on functions to distribute Rs 20 crore: CAG report

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The erstwhile SP government led by Akhilesh Yadav spent over Rs 15 crore on programmes to distribute unemployment doles worth over Rs 20 crore, according to a report by the countrys top audit body.The latest report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India noted that this took place despite the flagship unemployment allowance scheme having specific guidelines that the money should be deposited directly in the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.The account details had to be provided by beneficiaries on their application forms for availing the scheme.In its 235-page report on the general and social sector tabled in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, now in session, the CAG pointed out that the expenditure could have been avoided if functions were not held to distribute the dole.It stated that the state government launched the scheme in May 2012, saying that quarterly payment were to be made in the savings accounts of beneficiaries, either in a nationalised banks or in Kshetriya Gramin Bank.Records of the director, training and employment, UP, revealed that the department distributed Rs 20.58 crore to 1,26,521 unemployed people as allowance by organising functions in 69 districts during the year 2012-13.The report stated that Rs 6.99 crore was spent on travel of beneficiaries to places where the functions were organised, while Rs 8.07 crore was spent on heads like seating arrang...

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