Lokayukta probes MP govt`s `free` dinner to IAS

Last Updated: Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 15:00

Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta is
probing alleged irregularities in the hosting of a dinner for
around 250 IAS officers with taxpayers` money and has sought
the state government`s reply on the issue by October 7.

Official sources said over Rs 1.50 lakh was allegedly
routed from the exchequer`s account to foot the bill of the
dinner hosted late last year by State Chief Secretary Avani
Vaish for the IAS officers, most of them serving in the state,
at a private club here.
The dinner was hosted on October 8, 2010 under the aegis
of IAS officers Association Service Meet, a private amalgam.

Also, about Rs 2.65 lakh was spent on a `high tea` party
organised for bureaucrats by the MP Hospitality Office on
October 9 and 10 at the Chief Minister`s residence and at a
hotel maintained by Madhya Pradesh Tourism respectively.

"A case has been registered and investigations are on. We
sought the government`s reply before October 7," a Lokayukta
officer said.
Ajay Dubey, member of corruption watchdog Transparency
International, said, "It is a sheer violation of government

However, senior state government officials requesting
anonymity maintained the dinner was purely a government affair
and no rules were violated.

As per the procedure, the bill for dinner should have
been made in the name of Prashant Mehta, president of the IAS
association, and has to be paid by the members` money, Dubey

The state hospitality office does not have any provision
for paying bills for government dinners except for state
guests, he added.


First Published: Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 15:00

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