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Jairam cautions against breach of transparency

"I will not compromise on any lack of transparency and accountability in the implementation of rural development activities", Jairam Ramesh said.



Bhubaneswar: Union Rural Development
Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday said he would not tolerate in any
breach in transparency in implementation of rural development
programmes.

"I will not compromise on any lack of transparency and
accountability in the implementation of rural development
activities like MGNREGA, PMGSY and IAY," Ramesh told reporters
while winding up his two-day visit to Orissa.

Stating that he had already informed Chief Minister
Naveen Patnaik about his intention, he said "I have requested
the chief minister to learn a lesson from Andhra Pradesh in
the matter of social audit in MGNREGA."

Asked whether he would recommend extension of the
ongoing CBI probe into MGNREGA from six districts to the
entire state, Ramesh said he would like to see the report of
CBI before making any comment.

He said though CBI was probing into MGNREGA works in
Orissa, the ministry got similar allegations from other states
too.

Ramesh said his ministry had requested the Comptroller
and Auditor General (CAG) to appoint separate special AGs to
audit rural development expenditures in different states to
ensure transparency.

The CAG has also agreed to the proposal, he said.

"I`ll also try to put pressure on different state
governments to eliminate and not minimise corruption in the
rural development schemes," the minister said.

Ramesh, who also visited tribal-dominated and
Maoist-hit Kandhamal district earlier in the day, said rural
development could be used as a main instrument to win
confidence of the people, particularly the tribal population,
in order to end Left Wing Extremism.

The ministry of rural development was convening a
meeting of 60 LWE hit districts in Septaember where collectors
could give sugegstions on how to expedite welfare schemes in
the Maoist-hit areas,he said.

PTI

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