Corruption detected in Gogoi era employment mission

Guwahati: Irregularities to the tune of several crores of rupees has been detected in the process of implementation of an Employment Generation Mission (EGM) under the previous Congress government in Assam, with accusing fingers being pointed to even former chief minister Tarun Gogoi for his involvement.
The irregularities were detected during an audit of accounts carried out by the office of the Accountant General (Audit) between October 11, 2010, to November 10, 2010. The audit report was submitted to the secretary of the Labour and Employment department of the state government early last year.
A copy of the audit report, which was submitted in the state Legislative Assembly on Saturday by Skill
Development, Employment and Entrepreneurship Development department minister Chandra Mohan Patowary in response to a written question, said fictitious utilization certificates for Rs 1.96 crore was submitted under EGM.
Schematic fund of Rs 33.54 crore was deposited in the bank, leading to unauthorized earning of interest of Rs 23.45 lakh, the report stated. Moreover, the audit detected unfruitful expenditure of Rs 67 lakh, irregular implementation of scheme of Rs 70 lakh under EGM. An interest of Rs 204.81 lakh earned out of government fund by implementing agency was neither utilized nor refunded.

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