Ramesh writes to Maya on irregularities in MNREGA

Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has written a fresh letter to UP Chief Minister Mayawati over alleged irregularities in implementation of MNREGA in seven districts and demanded a CBI probe into it.

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2011, 15:22 PM IST

New Delhi: Rural Development Minister Jairam
Ramesh has written a fresh letter to UP Chief Minister Mayawati over alleged irregularities in implementation of MNREGA in seven districts and demanded a CBI probe into it.

In a 14-page letter to Mayawati, Ramesh cited the
instances of alleged irregularities and corruption in
implementation of the scheme in Balrampur, Gonda, Mahoba,
Sonbhadra, Kushinagar, Mirzapur and Sant Kabir Nagar.

Lamenting that there has been no action against the
guilty, Ramesh said, "If the state government wants to act
honestly and send a message to the people that it does not in
anyway want to save those who have looted funds from the
schemes, then I feel that you should ask for a CBI probe in
these districts."

The letter was written on November 14, a day when the
Congress launched its campaign in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.
This is the second letter Ramesh has written to Mayawati
on the issue.
Despite her announcement 19 months back that those guilty
of the irregularities would be brought to book, no action has
been taken, Ramesh said.

Citing an instance, he said no action has been taken
against Chief Development Officer of Gonda about whose
suspension there was an announcement, but it was never clear
whether it was carried out.

"A CBI probe in the irregularities will send an
unmistakable signal that those at the top of the government
are determined to take action against those guilty of corruption," Ramesh said in the letter.
In response to Ramesh`s first letter Mayawati, had last
month written to the Prime Minister stating that
irregularities cited by the Union Minister in implementation
of MNREGS in the state were "politically motivated".

She had accused Ramesh of having a pre-conceived agenda
and arriving at conclusions without taking cognisance of steps
taken by her government.

PTI