‘Social audit, CAG to rein in MNREGA corruption’

Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday said social audit and CAG audit report would come in handy to maintain better vigil and to rein in corruption in MNREGA and Indira Awas Yojna (IAY).

Updated: Feb 14, 2012, 16:17 PM IST

Patna: Union Minister for Rural
Development Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday said social audit and CAG
audit report would come in handy to maintain better vigil and
to rein in corruption in MNREGA and Indira Awas Yojna (IAY).

Talking to reporters during a two-day visit to the
state, Ramesh said the annual expenditure of the union rural
development ministry was to the tune of over Rs 88,500 crore
and they have decided to involve CAG for proper evaluation of
the expenditure.

Social audit and audit by CAG will rein in corruption
in the flagship programme, he said.

Referring to Bihar CM Nitish Kumar`s recent statement,
Ramesh said the CM had alleged that the mukhiya and
representatives of other panchayati raj institutions were
involved in misuse of funds under MNREGA and IAY and
were buying luxury vehicles.

Stating that Kumar had reiterated it three months
back also, Ramesh said, "We felt that the state government
should also keep strict vigil to avoid misuse of the funds
under MNREGA and IAY".

Describing this as a matter of serious concern, he
said MNREGA was a demand-based scheme and the Centre used to
provide funds on the basis of the demands of the states.

Expressing unhappiness over states like Bihar,
Jharkhand and Odisha lagging behind in the execution of
MNREGA, he said MNREGA was meant for extremely poor states.

PTI