New Delhi: Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has been demanding a CBI inquiry into alleged embezzlement of funds under Pradhan Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojana in Uttar Pradesh.
In a letter to the Akhilesh Yadav government, the Rural Development Ministry has asked the state government to conduct a CBI inquiry in the alleged embezzlement of funds, or give consent for the Centre to conduct it.
Rs 2.4 crore were allegedly embezzled during construction of five rural roads in Sultanpur district, which fall under Rahul Gandhi's constituency. Ramesh has also asked the UP government to spend its own money and construct the roads.
Ramesh has written to UP government at a time when the relationship between the Congress and the SP have turned cold, with Mulayam hinting at forming a Third Front. The development is also significant as Ramesh has not only asked for a CBI inquiry but has also said that the state government must spend its own money and construct the roads.
The contract was given to Messrs Hind Construction. The ministry has acted on private complaints from local Congressmen.