Irregularities in foreign welfare fund in Chhattisgarh

September 8th, 2011 - 8:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Raipur, Sep 8 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government Thursday admitted irregularities in the use of a welfare fund provided by the European Commission for purchase of school bags for tribal students in one of the state’s most backward districts.

The European Commission’s welfare fund of Rs.2,84,39,806 was spent for purchase of school bags for tribal students in Surguja district during the 2010-11 fiscal, tribal welfare minister Kedar Kashyap told the state assembly in a written reply.

The minister admitted that “irregularities” were found in the purchase of school bags in the district which is dominated by tribals and hit by Maoist militancy for years.

The government had recently suspended a senior official posted in the district for the irregularities.

The suspension was made amid allegations by the opposition Congress that the state’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was using the welfare money for image build-up of Chief Minister Raman Singh.

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