Audits to check corruption in rural job scheme: Ramesh

PTI Indore | Updated on March 12, 2018

Expressing concern over complaints of corruption in MGNREGA projects, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh today said the Government has decided to conduct the audit of 10 per cent of villages on a random basis every year.

Speaking to presspersons after participating in a ‘Nirmal Bharat Yatra’ at a village near here, Ramesh said, “I am concerned about complaints of corruption in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme from various States. At some places, payments were made towards wages in the names of persons who were dead.

“In consultation with the State Governments, the Ministry has decided to make this scheme more transparent and also conduct random audit of 10 per cent of village Panchayats every year to check corruption,” he said.

The Minister said the Comptroller and Auditor General was checking the MGNREGA accounts in various States and is likely to prepare a State-wise report by December.

Published on October 15, 2012

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