DEMAND FOR AUDIT: Khaira demands special audit of all discretionary grants released by SAD-BJP Govt since 2007


Jalandhar, October 24, 2012: Former Congress MLA from Bholath in Kapurthala district Sukhpal Singh Khaira has urged the Punjab Chief Minister to order a special audit of all discretionary grants released in the state since 2007 to the present day, by the CAG.

In a statement here today, he added this demand assumes significance after the exposure of alleged gross embezzlement done by Sucha Singh Langah, ex-Minister and others while using their discretionary grants.

He said as we are aware, huge public exchequer money to the tune of about Rs 90 lakh has allegedly been misappropriated by the ex-minister in connivance with the others.

He added a close scrutiny and perusal of all discretionary grants issued by the SAD-BJP government would bring to fore embezzlement and misappropriation of tax payers money to the public domain. Presently, there seems to be zero accountability of such grants, he remarked.

He further said the Congress party demands from the CM, a special audit to be conducted by the CAG of India of all discretionary grants released by the present government. The terms of reference of audit should include the expenditure incurred from the disbursal of these grants on ground and the usage certificates provided, if any by the respective Deputy Commissioner’s of the state.

Khaira also urged the government to issue a white paper on all discretionary grants since 2007, so that misuse of the tax payers money come to the knowledge of the people of Punjab, who are the actual owners of the public exchequer.

In case the government fails to accede to the demand in public interest, the Congress would leave with no option but to move the Court, he warned.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012