PDR seeks clarification from Finance department

DIMAPUR, AUG 19 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/19/2018 12:58:17 PM IST

Welcoming the release of Rs 45 lakh on two occasions as financial assistance to UPSC candidates who cleared Prelims by budget & monitoring cell (B&MC) of finance department, People for Democratic Rights (PDR) has urged the planning department to reveal how many UPSC candidates were provided financial assistance under Chief Minister’s Corpus Fund (CMCF), how much amount each candidate had received during the last two financial years and how many of them had cleared all exam stages of UPSC. 

According to a statement issued by its publicity & media affairs, the amounts were released under CMCF in favour of planning & coordination department. 

While Rs 20 lakh was released on March 18, 2017 for UPSC candidates for 2016-17, Rs 25 lakh was released for 2017-18 on December 12, 2017, it added. However, the civil society group pointed out that no break-up regarding the list of beneficiaries of CMCF were mentioned. 

While contending that such financial assistance encouraged UPSC candidates, the PDR urged the planning department to clarify whether such assistance could be provided to those candidates clearing NPSC Prelims in order to encourage both categories of candidates.

Meanwhile, referring to the release of Rs 1.90 crore by B&MC of finance department on December 6, 2017 as financial assistance to 71 beneficiaries and Rs 50 lakh on December 11, 2017 for 45 beneficiaries under CMCF 2017-18 against various projects, the PDR urged the Planning Department to provide the list of 45 beneficiaries and projects thereof for whom Rs 50 lakh was released.

The statement explained that people generally perceive such assistances as non-productive as most of beneficiaries pocket the amount and no works were undertaken or left halfway, thus leading to wastage of public money, while denying opportunities to sincere beneficiaries who might have put in real hard work to make their projects a success.

For the public to judge whether the beneficiaries deserved such financial assistance and whether the projects are being carried out, PDR announced that it would release a list of the 71 beneficiaries in public domain. It said it believed that many of the beneficiaries had not undertaken the projects against which huge sums of public money were released.

PDR further reminded the planning department to furnish the list of 10 beneficiaries for whom Rs 1 crore was released by the finance department under CMCF through DA, dated March 20, 2017.

It also reminded the finance department to clarify on the double DA issued in favour of planning department under demand No. 27, dated November 3, 2017 and December 20, 2017. 

The rights group sought clarification from the finance department as to why DA, dated March 30, 2018 and amounting to Rs 1 crore was issued in favour of the planning department when the works were carried out under evaluation department, which was a separate department having its own demand No. 44, thus reducing the evaluation department to a mere corporation and government undertaking.

Warning that failure to clarify on these issues would establish that the beneficiaries under CMCF were bogus and the DAs released by the finance department were anomalous, PDR threatened to take appropriate course of action to bring out the truth behind the silence.



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