According to a report by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), the Akhilesh Yadav-led government in Uttar Pradesh during its tenure had allowed irregularities worth Rs 97000 crore under various departments.
The Yadav-led government had failed to submit utilisation certificates, which amounted to Rs 97,906.27 crore as per CAG’s state finances report between 2014 and March 2017.
While most of the certificates were from the panchayati raj department that amounted to Rs 254990.95 crore, the other reports were from the education department (Rs 25,693.52 crore) and the social welfare department (Rs 26,927.49 crore). The CAG advised the finance department to refrain from releasing additional funds to these departments until they certified that the money provided to them in the past had been fully exhausted.
Samajwadi Party spokesperson Sunil Yadav, denying CAG’s claims, as per India Today, said, “The findings of the CAG report don’t mean that corruption or fraud took place. Similar reports had come in the past from Maharashtra and Gujarat, which are BJP-ruled states. Both of them denied charges of corruption. The CAG had also alleged discrepancies in the allocation of 2G spectrum during the UPA regime. However, the accused were acquitted by the court