The Madhya Pradesh Council was adjourned for Wednesday following opposition protests over a NDTV Báo Newspaper about the abnormalities in the implementation of the Project on nutritional supplements for students. Earlier this month, NDTV, which had access to a confidential government auditor’s report, reported a staggering level of corruption – from meal vans found to be motorbikes to exaggerations. excessive numbers of beneficiaries – in an ambitious free food plan to tackle child malnutrition.
The house had previously been adjourned twice during Question Hour due to protests over the matter.
At the beginning of Question Hour, Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan sought permission from Speaker Girish Gautam to issue a detailed statement on the matter in order to clear up the opposition’s “confusion” on the matter. The speaker allowed Mr. Chouhan to speak after Question Time.
However, the Leader of the Opposition, Dr Govind Singh of Parliament, countered by saying that around 15 adjournment petitions had been submitted on the matter and they should be discussed. before the Minister is allowed to issue his statement. However, the Speaker refused to acknowledge the Opposition’s claim.
After Question Hour when the Minister stood up to speak on the matter, a large protest broke out with the Opposition demanding that they be allowed to speak first. The MLA parliament jumped into the well of the House of Commons, raised slogans against the Minister and sang bhajans for not being allowed to speak first through motion adjourning the request.
Mr. Chouhan, meanwhile, continued to read his statement despite the rowdy objections of opposing MLAs.
The minister denied any irregularities in the implementation of the plan and said the Auditor General’s audit report of Audior on the program was provisional in nature and the number of vehicles mentioned in it was not registered on the portal. message “Vahan” of the Ministry of Transport.
“The audit was carried out from 2018 to 2021 and the draft report was submitted by the General Accountant to the state government on August 12, 2022. But that is only a draft report and not This is the final report. The draft report relates to 2018 to 2021, which also includes 15 months of the National Assembly government. We are committed to a focused investigation into all points of the report, regardless of the circumstances. no matter which state the government is in power,” he said.
“Our previous government carried out a baseline survey of underage girls (ages 11 to 14) in 2018 and sent a report to the center, according to which the total number of girls not attending school that is 2,52 thousand (including those girls whose names are registered to go to school, but they do not actually go to school) The planned number of girls who are entitled to such benefits from 2018 to in 2021 is only 5.51 trillion. The 36 thousand figure mentioned in the draft report relates to the total number of adolescent and non-adolescent girls out of school (OOSAGs) ,” he added.
“In March 2018, THR production was moved away from private companies and assigned by our government to female self-help groups (SHGs), but the Congress government then assigned it to MP State Agro Industries Development Corporation Limited in November 2019, which resulted in MP Agro taking control of all THR factories by February 2020. This ultimately resulted in the mafia’s goal of not letting the system down. The THR system is indeed lost, but when it comes back to power in March 2020, our government re-directs all THR work to women’s self-help groups effective September 2021. Instead of 200 private contractors, the work has now been assigned to more than 2000 SHG women, with a collective turnover of around Rs 60”, the minister said.
Regarding the question of suspicious vehicle trackers mentioned in the report, the minister said that, out of 81 vehicle trackers, 31 were issued in a regulation of the National Assembly.
“Actions were taken against 104 officials found responsible for unusual violations, including suspending 22 officers and firing six others,” he said.
In response to the Minister’s statement, Parliament MLA Jitu Patwari asked the Minister to resign and the Central Bureau of Investigation to investigate the allegation of fraud.
“Those accused of fraud are making statements in the house, if congressional leaders are responsible they should be punished but at least discuss it first,” he said.
The 36-page confidential report by the Chief Accountant of Madhya Pradesh, accessed exclusively by NDTV, uncovered large-scale, unusual fraud in beneficiary identification, production, distribution and control. quality control of an ambitious free food program for students.
Some of the report’s more serious findings are based on an examination of approximately 24% of the beneficiaries of the Home Meal Rations (THR) program for 2021, a program tasked with providing essential nutrients to 49.58 thousand registered children and women.