Banda: The difficulties of Mayawati government seem not to ease soon. After facing wrath from the Planning Commission over the dismal work and alleged irregularities in the financial package for Bundelkhand, the state government is likely to undergo Lokayukta probe.

The Lokayukta has asked the Uttar Pradesh government to give details of the utilization of the fund and development work carried out under the special package earmarked for Bundelkhand.

In a letter to Chief Development Officer, the Lokayukta has asked him to submit the details of the transactions and distribution of the government-aided tractors.

According to sources, only 33 farmers had received tractors at subsidized rates under the Central Government agro-mechanization scheme in 2010-11.  A grant of only Rs 45,000 was allowed per tractor. But the state government is alleged of carrying irregularities in selecting the eligible person for getting benefit under the special package.

The state government has been blamed for misusing the Centre’s package for Bundelkhand and favouring the near and dear ones to avail the benefits of the scheme which were meant for poor and financially weaker sections of the region.

Mayawati’s confidante and high profile multi-portfolio minister Nasimuddin Siddiqui has also been accused of nepotism and misusing his position in this regard.

Besides, several ministers and political leaders including Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh have also availed the benefits of the scheme under their political influence.

Anil Kumar, gram pradhan of Tindwara village said, “Many farmers wanted to avail the benefits of the government scheme, but lack of transparency in the selection process has deprived them.”

Around 80 percent of the aided tractors are being misused, sources said.

JPN/Bureau