YSR Congress party on Thursday said it had complained to the Centre over misuse and diversion of central funds belonging to National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme by the Chandrababu Naidu government and demanded a thorough inquiry into it.
Strongly rebutting the allegations levelled by Naidu that the Opposition party was stalling the fund-flow from Centre, YSRC MP Y V Subba Reddy said he had complained to the Centre – first to the concerned ministry, then to the NITI Aayog and finally to the Prime Minister that the Central funds are being diverted and misused in Andhra Pradesh.
“We have demanded an inquiry by a competent authority into the misuse and diversion of NREGS funds allotted to the State for the past three years,” Reddy said.
He pointed out that the NREGS funds were not used for the intended purpose as machines were used in place of labour and the Janmabhoomi Committees running the show.
“In my constituency itself, I have detected a fraud where bills of Rs 11.64 lakhs were raised for laying of roads though not a truck load of sand was used and the District Collector had endorsed it himself and agreed for an inquiry into the episode,” he said.
Reddy reminded that the Union minister had told Parliament that there were 14 complaints from Andhra Pradesh on the misuse of NREGS funds. The funds released for the three financial years beginning 2014-15 to 2016-17 were diverted and the state had no corresponding figures spending for the intended purpose.
The CAG had also found fault with the improper use of NREGS funds and the Centre has allotted funds for all the three years and the flow did not stop as of now, he pointed out.