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Yogi govt's 100-day report card to target Akhilesh Yadav

Virendra Singh Rawat | Lucknow Jun 25, 2017 05:53 PM IST
Uttar Pradesh Chief Ministerr Yogi Adityanath during Mango Festival in Lucknow (Photo: PTI)
The 100-day report card to be released by the Yogi Adityanath government to commemorate its first 100 days in power could spell trouble for the previous Akhilesh Yadav dispensation.

The report card or ‘White Paper’ as the Yogi dispensation prefers to term the voluminous document to be released, would not only enlist the future roadmap as proposed by the different departments, but comprise details of their functioning during the last five year term under the Akhilesh regime.

The report card, according to highly placed sources, would submit details of cost and time overruns in flagship projects and injudicious utilisation of public money and siphoning of funds, if any, in the last couple of years, especially with relation to projects still underway and needing fresh funds.

Meanwhile, the release of the department wise report card was today deferred in view of the whirlwind visit of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind to Lucknow this evening to garner support for the elections slated for next month. Now, the documents are likely to be released on June 27.

Already, several of the key projects initiated during the previous Akhilesh rule are being probed for possible squandering of public funds and inefficiency on part of government officials, engineers and private contractors under well organised caucuses.

Some of the flagship projects included Agra-Lucknow Expressway, Gomti Riverfront Development, Janeshwar Mishra Park, J P International Centre etc.

In fact, the Yogi government is already probing the Agra-Lucknow Expressway and Gomti Riverfront Development projects for alleged financial irregularities and cost overruns.

For instance, Gomti Riverfront was estimated to cost Rs 1,500 crore and although almost 95 percent of the funds have been spent, the project is only 60 percent complete. Soon after coming to power, Yogi had instituted an inquiry by Justice (retired) Alok Kumar Singh into the project, which had indicted senior government officials, engineers and contractors for wrongdoings.

Later, another committee headed by senior UP cabinet minister Suresh Khanna was formed to study the Justice Singh report and recommend action. Now, that this report has also been submitted and the state government is understood to be contemplating to recommend a CBI probe in the matter to expose the alleged wrongdoing.

Similarly, the Agra-Lucknow Expressway is under the Yogi scanner. The project estimated at Rs 15,000 crore is under scrutiny for alleged scam, involving farm land passed off as residential land for higher compensation. The state government has already directed the respective district magistrates to probe all big land deals over the last two years pertaining to the mega project.
On April 28, chief minister Yogi had announced he was working on 100 day agenda to transform government machinery. He also directed his ministers to prepare a ‘White Paper’ pertaining to their respective departments on the completion of 100 days.

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