CAG points out corruption in Delhi, Kejriwal government calls for CBI probe

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal with Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia at a press conference in New Delhi on March 22. Kejriwal said his government was trying to control the ‘ration mafia’ and blamed the Lieutenant Governor for stalling a scheme to start doorstep delivery of subsidised foodgrain.

Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has flagged a slew of irregularities in the financial administration of the national capital, prompting Delhi government to say that on Tuesday, a federal investigation will be sought in at least 50 instances of government resources being swindled. Some important findings of CAG, tabled by deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia in the Assembly on Tuesday, also includes untracked funds amounting to Rs 7,270 crore and instances where ration shop owners cornered subsidized grains meant for the poor.

In addition CAG also highlighted cases of administrative oversight and inaction that results in delayed projects and inefficient operations. Kejriwal said his government was trying to control the “ration mafia” and blamed the Lieutenant Governor for stalling a scheme to start doorstep delivery of subsidized food-grain. Last month, L-G returned the file asking the government to re-work the scheme and consider cash transfer of subsidies. Opposition leader Vijender Gupta criticised the government and said it was not serious about its budget estimates and expenditures.

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