New Delhi: Even as the Uttar Pradesh government is reluctant to conduct a CBI probe into the irregularities in Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MNREG) Scheme in the state, the Centre has assigned the responsibility to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to conduct financial and performance audit of UP along with 11 other big states.

In order to tighten noose around BSP supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati ahead of UP elections, the Union Minister of Rural Development Jairam Ramesh is taking serious note of the gross anomalies in the NREGA. In this regard, the Ministry is keen to start audit work from UP.

Citing the highest number of pending complaints regarding irregularities in funds sanctioned under the UPA’s flagship rural employment programme, the Union Minister has kept UP on top position for inspection.

Other states which have been included for the CAG review are Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

In a letter to the CAG, Vinod Rai, the Minister has mentioned about the rules and regulations in NREGA on the basis of which the provisions under the act are followed. He apprised of the irregularities in the administrative expenses sanctioned for the NREGA.

Notably, six percent (Rs 2400 crores) of the total budget allocated for the MNREGA is given for the administrative expenses.

JPN/Bureau