Planning dept refutes PDR allegation

DIMAPUR, AUG 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/21/2018 11:22:36 AM IST

Denying allegations of any irregularities levelled against it by People for Democratic Rights (PDR), planning & co-ordination department has come out with detail list of beneficiaries of Chief Minister’s Corpus Fund (CMCF) and other financial transactions

According to a statement issued by additional development commissioner of planning & co-ordination department Augustine M Yanthan, altogether 15 candidates who had cleared UPSC Prelims were provided Rs 25,000 in 2016-17. The details of the candidates, including their roll and mobile phone numbers, too were provided. 

And out of Rs 20 lakh earmarked under CMCF for provision of incentive to candidates who clear the UPSC Prelims, Rs 3,75,000 was thus utilised. The balance amount of Rs 16,25,000 was utilised to meet the expenditure on purchase of computers, consumable items and stationery as the administrative expenses was not provided during 2015-16, the department pointed out. It, however, claimed that this was done after observing formalities and obtaining necessary approvals.

Similarly, the department explained that Rs 25 lakh was earmarked for candidates clearing UPSC Prelims in 2017-18, out of which Rs 2,75,000 was utilised by paying 11 candidates Rs 25,000 each. And the balance of Rs 22,25,000 would be carried forward to the current year 2018-19, the department added.

The list of 11 beneficiaries with their complete details too was provided by the department.

The additional development commissioner further furnished complete details of 71 beneficiaries for which a total amount of Rs 1.90 crore under CMCF was released in 2017-2018. He also provided a list of 45 individuals with their complete details who were provided financial assistance in the second batch and for whom a total of Rs 50 lakh was spent under CMCF in 2017-18. 

Stating that an additional fund of Rs 1 crore was allocated and placed under CMCF in 2016-17 with specific instructions, the department claimed that the amount was drawn and disbursed to 10 beneficiaries, whose details too were provided. On the PDR allegation of double drawal for six works, Yanthan pointed out that the drawal authority for the six works was issued on November 3, 2017, but was withdrawn by finance department even before the drawal authority was authenticated by the directorate of treasuries & accounts. Hence, the question of drawal did not arise, he added.

He also provided a non-drawal certificate issued by directorate of treasuries & accounts. 

The additional development commissioner explained that since the six works were on-going/completed, the finance department allocated Rs 2 crore to the planning & co-ordination department for the same and drawal authority (no.38/BUD/8-27/2017-18/JY/400) was issued on December 20, 2017 and the amount was drawn.

The statement further clarified that Rs 1 crore was allocated to the planning & coordination department for works executed under evaluation by the finance department to reduce procedural delays and avoid lapse of funds as the amount was allocated at the fag end of the financial year 2017-2018. Accordingly, the planning & co-ordination department could complete the formalities and drew Rs 1 crore on March 31, 2017 and disbursed to the evaluation department on April 30, 2018 and actual payment receipt had been obtained, the statement claimed.

The department also provided a copy of the cheque issued to the evaluation department for reference. 


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