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Sack Smriti Irani for misusing MPLAD funds: Congress

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Citing a CAG report indicting for making a payment of nearly Rs 6 crore from MPLAD funds without a tender, the on Thursday demanded her sacking and also registering an FIR against the from

"Time has come to and lodge an FIR against her for proper investigation under Prevention of Corruption Act, and different provisions of Indian Penal Code," tweeted pointing to the CAG findings.

"This is a clear-cut case of misuse of office and fraud vis-a-vis public money and should immediately sack Irani and order for initiating criminal proceedings against her."

The CAG report on the general and social sector for the year ended March 2017, has charged Irani with "injudicious awarding of works under MPLADS to an NGO without inviting tenders resulted in irregular payment of Rs 5.93 crore including fraudulent payment of Rs 84.53 lakh to the NGO".

Irani, the Union Textile Minister, selected district as her nodal district for implementation of works under the MPLAD scheme.

"Audit observed that the selection of the NGO (Kamdar Society), as implementing authority was in contravention of the scheme guidelines and government instructions, as no tender procedure was followed for its selection," reads the report.

Reporting the matter to the government in Gujarat, the CAG recommended investigating all the works by the NGO.

"Since the tendering process, scope of work awarded and payment processes were violated, therefore audit is of the view that these works are susceptible to fraudulent and irregular payments.

"Audit recommends that the should investigate all the works carried out by the NGO and fix responsibility on the Government officials responsible for the negligence. The matter was reported to the Government (September 2017). Reply is awaited (February 2018)," the report added.

MLA and said the NGO selected by Irani is supposed to be a society of construction labourers, but all the members actually belong to the BJP.

Gohil also referred to a letter by the district written on June 20, 2017, to the Deputy Secretary, General Administration Department, pointing out the irregularities and the fraud being committed under the grants received under MPLAD.

MLA has also filed a PIL in the demanding an FIR against Irani.



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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 15:08 IST