Leader of Opposition in Bengal Suvendu Adhikari wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday drawing his attention to the financial scam happening in West Bengal. He alleged that the siphoning off and diverting funds allocated for central government schemes has become the trademark of Mamata government. This comes after a day West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met Narendra Modi seeking release of GST dues for running various welfare schemes in the state.
Accusing the West Bengal government of misappropriation of funds from the Center, Suvendu Adhikari wrote ” The wastage and misappropriation of funds allocated by the Union Ministry of Rural Development for every scheme of the Central Government has become a trademark of the Government of West Bengal. I have written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard, drawing his attention to this big scam happening in West Bengal.”
Siphoning & diverting funds allocated by the Union Ministry of Rural Development for each & every Central Govt scheme, has been the trademark of WB Govt.
I have written to Hon'ble PM Shri @narendramodi Ji, drawing his attention towards the massive financial scam unfolding in WB: pic.twitter.com/DVtuKWBu2w
— Suvendu Adhikari • শুভেন্দু অধিকারী (@SuvenduWB) August 6, 2022
Suvendu Adhikari said new avenues have been created to siphon off money. “This has become an ongoing and continuous process. Very often news reports keep surfacing that novel kinds of means and ways are being adopted to carry out corrupt activities and swindle money granted through these schemes for public welfare,” the letter read.
Accusing the ruling dispensation of converting MNREGA into money mining machinery, he said “MGNREGA funds are being utilised for plantation of saplings, mangrove saplings and other varieties of fruit-bearing plants as well. On documents it’s being claimed that thousands of hectares of land have been covered under the said initiative. However, the reality is strikingly far from it. At the time of inspection, its being claimed that the plants have been washed away in cyclonic storms like Yass and Amphan or other natural calamities. Even the naturally grown plants are shown as planted through man-days created under MGNREGA,”.
” The have deliberately changed the original names of the central schemes and used their own whimsical names instead for such schemes. Only when a central inspection/audit team visits a certain location, the local authorities change the name plate or the sign board overnight to misguide the vising team into believing that the due compliance has been adhered to.”
The BJP Leader also alleged the state government of double standards while implementing Central schemes.
Alleging that Panchayat offices in the state are functioning for shifting & burning of important documents, Adhikar said ” As of now, central teams are surveying some panchayats in Bengal and you would be astonished to know that this has made panchayat representatives and authorities nervous. Many panchayat offices are functioning at the dark hours of the night, not for the welfare of the people, but for moving and shifting documents that would incriminate them eventually if they find find their way to the central team members.”
This is not the first time that such allegations of misappropriation have been against the West Bengal government. Union Minister of State for Panchayati Raj Kapil Moreshwar Patil on July this year alleged WB government had diverted the Central funds for some other projects & had made no deliberations with the Centre on the issue.