New Delhi: Unleashing a scathing attack on the Mayawati government for misappropriation of the funds under the Bundelkhand package, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia wrote to the Chief Minister expressing serious concerns over its slow pace of development in the region.

He took a dig at the state government for the entire mess and asked to expedite work on the Ken-Betwa River linking project. Ahluwalia has highlighted many flaws in the use of the fund under the special package for Bundelkhand in his letter to Mayawati.

 “The fund meant for the development of Bundelkhand was recklessly used in other parts of the state. Many instances of malpractices have been reported while issuing the tenders,” he said.

Notably, the projects under the Bundelkhand package were supposed to be finished in three years, but only 25 percent of the works has been completed so far.

Ahluwalia has also flagged the irregularities in the purchase of HDPI pipes for irrigation projects, which were to be provided to the weaker sections of the region.

“The Micro-Irrigation Department at Lucknow had issued tenders on national level to procure pipes in this regard.
Surprisingly, MID office at Jhansi has paid for the same. Even pipes were of inferior quality,” Ahluwalia said while adding, “The contract had specified that all pipes were to bear ISI marks over them. But the probing team found that pipes supplied had two quality standards as some of the pipes had ISI marks and some did not”.

(JPN/ Bureau)