Misappropriation of Rs 935 crore in MGNREGA scheme in last 4 years: Report

The Social Audit Unit (SAU) has found that financial misappropriation of Rs 935 crore has been made in various schemes of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in the last four years under Rural Development Departments (RDDs). The Indian Express has got some data from the Ministry of Rural Development under the Management Information System (MIS), which revealed this.

According to the data, till now only Rs 12.5 crore i.e. 1.34 percent of this amount has been reimbursed. This data is from the financial year 2017-18 to the year 2020-21. This data is in the public domain, but it is difficult to access due to persistent network issues. The newspaper has extracted the data through a source in the government.

In the year 2017-18, these figures started being uploaded on the website. Since then, the Social Audit Unit has conducted audits at least once in the last four years in 2.65 lakh gram panchayats across several states and union territories.

The central government had released Rs 55,659.93 crore for MGNREGA in 2017-18 and since then the amount has increased every year to Rs 1,10,355.27 crore in 2020-21. The total expenditure on the scheme has increased from Rs 63,649.48 crore in 2017-18 to Rs 1,11,405.3 crore in 2020-21.

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According to the newspaper, several financial irregularities were found in this audit, including bribes, fake people and paying exorbitant prices for goods to fake sellers. Let us tell you that through various schemes under MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act), people are provided employment in rural areas.

The maximum amount of financial misappropriation of Rs 245 crore has been found in Tamil Nadu. Apart from this, disturbances have been found in Karnataka, Bihar, West Bengal, Gujarat and Jharkhand. Out of this, only Rs 2.07 crore was recovered, which is 0.85 per cent of the total amount misappropriated.

At the same time, no disturbances have been found in Rajasthan, Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Ladakh, Andaman and Nicobar, Lakshadweep, Puducherry, Dadar and Nagar, Daman and Diu. According to the newspaper, no accountability has been fixed for rigging in many states.

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