The Allahabad High Court today said that there were large-scale irregularities and fund bungling in implementation of mobile creche scheme in Uttar Pradesh and asked the government to place before it details of creches and the services provided. "The scheme has not virtually been implemented though the payments have been made and there are large-scale irregularities and misuse of funds," said the Lucknow bench of the court. It further expressed serious displeasure that no effective action appeared to have been taken against the erring persons. A division bench of justices Sudhir Agrawal and Virendra Kumar directed the Principal Secretary of Department of Women and Child Development and the Secretary of UP Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board to place on record as to how many creches had been established and what services were actually sought to be provided. It also sought details of the persons who were not rendering any work, had taken money and who were the supervisory officers responsible for such fraudulent payment. The court passed the order on a pending public interest litigation filed by local lawyer HK Verma in 2014. The PIL had raised the issue of alleged irregularities and bungling in the scheme and sought action against the responsible persons. The state government filed a report in relation to the alleged scam.
After perusal of the report, the court was irked that though there appeared serious fund bungling, no action appeared to have been taken against the guilty persons and the officers who had connived in the bungling with oblique motive. The bench also directed that the two officers would file their personal affidavits in the matter and also appear before it on May 29 to explain the things.
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