Scam | A scam worth Rs 60 crore was recently unearthed in the UP Seed Development Corporation. The corporation was supposed to distribute seeds free of cost to the farmers but investigations revealed that officers pocketed the money by showing fictitious names of beneficiaries on papers. A farmer, who was deprived of the benefits of the department, exposed the fraud by using the RTI Act. More than two lakh quintal of seeds of wheat, which were supposed to be given to the farmers free of cost, were sold to black marketers. Though as of now anomalies have been unearthed in two districts, police suspects that it is spread across the state.
Status | The registered a case against the corporation's project officers in Lucknow and Bareilly, Surendra Pratap Singh and Ram Kumar Verma, head of seed distribution, Hari Kishore Prasad, and assistant chief finance officer Prithviraj Manchanda.The case has now been recommended to Economic Offences Wing.
Scam | The state was to build toilets in rural households under the centre-sponsored Total Sanitation Campaign. The state panchayati raj department told the ministry of rural development that it got 1.71 crore toilets constructed under the scheme in the past one decade. But the household census data says that only 55 lakh rural households have toilets. Which means, 1.16 crore toilets in rural Uttar Pradesh are " missing". The extent of over-reporting has been close to 10 times (9.74%), say experts. According to TSC reports, there are only 17.50% households without toilets in rural UP whereas the census reports that more than 78% of the households do not have latrines within their premises.
Status | State panchyati raj department has decided to hold a re-verification drive of the toilets constructed in various districts. "A physical and financial verification of departmental activities is also underway at the level of the district, directorate and government levels. Action would be initiated against officials if they were found guilty of any irregularity," said officials. The enquiry is still on, they claim.
From healthcare to housing
National Rural Health Mission
Scam|Two chief medical officers (CMO), family welfare, Lucknow, were shot dead -- Vinod Arya on October 27, 2010 and Dr BP Singh on April 2, 2011. This brought to the fore irregularities in implementation of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in Lucknow. Later, investigation found large-scale irregularities in NRHM across the state. An audit conducted by Comptroller and Auditor General, suggests that the scam could amount to Rs 5,600 crores which is about 70% of the total grants sanctioned for UP. Deputy CMO YS Sachan, who was an accused in CMO murder case, was later found dead in jail in mysterious circumstances. On a public interest litigation, the High Court ordered CBI inquiry into the murders as well as financial irregularities. The High Court is also monitoring the probe.Status | In connection with financial irregularities, so far the CBI has arrested 16 persons, including former family welfare minister Babu Singh Kushwaha and the then National Rural Health Mission mission director and principal secretary, health and family welfare, Pradeep Shukla, among others. In connection with murder of CMOs, the Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested former CMO, health, Lucknow, Dr AK Shukla.
Scam | Over 10,000 acres of agriculture land was acquired using urgency clause in the name of industrialisation. The farmers were not given opportunity to present their demands. The land was acquired at throwaway prices in west UP, particularly in Gautambudhnagar for industrial development by Noida and Greater Noida authorities. However, land use was changed overnight to residential and the land was sold to builders at high rates. The builders in turn sold the developed land at much higher rate to reap huge profit. The builders were also given concessions by the government like payment for the land in ten instalments. Builders charged money from buyers in advance. Both farmers and people wanting to buy flats and houses were cheated. The farmer unrest led to violent protests in 2010 and 2011 in which eight persons including five farmers were killed. Anomalies were also done in sale of land to builders. Over 50 lakh population has been affected by the arbitrary land acquisition. The Noida and Greater Noida authorities were formed to promote industries. As per the mandate, the two third of the land acquired should have gone for setting up of industries and remaining for housing. However, the formula was overturned. In fact, anomalies in land acquisition have occur ed not only in Mayawati regime but also in SP and BJP rule in the state in last 20 years.
Status| High Court cancelled acquisition at many places. Where construction activity had begun, the court directed authorities to pay higher compensation to farmers. The court also ordered an inquiry into arbitrary use of urgency clause for acquisition and change of land use overnight.
From education to jobs
Scam| Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) was conducted by the previous Mayawati government for recruiting about 72,000 teachers for primary and upper primary classes in government schools. The test was conducted for the first time in the state. As many as 11.53 lakh candidates took the test, of which 2.70 lakh qualified. The next step was interview to short list 72,000 teachers. However, following complains of irregularities in the written test, it was found that money allegedly exchanged hands in the first round of the selection process.
Status | Former secondary director Sanjay Mohan, who was incharge of conducting the test, was arrested on November 13, 2011. Later, Gangster Act was slapped on him. Total nine arrests have taken so far. The state government has formed a committee to look into the anomalies and to decide whether the test should be cancelled or not. The decision was taken following large scale protests by TET applicants across the state.
Scam | Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh had last year in October alleged a multi-crorescam in implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in UP. He had also asked the then chief minister Mayawati to order a CBI probe into the scam. Ramesh had pointed out anomalies in seven districts -- Balrampur, Gonda, Mahoba, Sonbhadra, Sant Kabir Nagar, Mirzapur and Kushinagar. However, allegations are that the irregularities took place in almost all the districts. The irrgegulaties include anomalies in payment of wages against fake job card holders, fake construction works, creating fictitious purchase invoices, payment to ghost firms against the procurement of various items including hybrid seeds, calendars and publicity material, purchase of instruments used by labourers for construction works and purchase of photo copy machines and computers etc. UP has received Rs.20,000 crore under MNREGS in the past four years. But only 40% of the fund is said to have reached the targeted beneficiaries. However, Mayawati government, turned down the request of CBI probe saying a probe by the state police's crime branch was already underway.
Status | In March this year, Ramesh visited UP and met chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. He requested Yadav to recommend a CBI probe. Though Yadav assured Jairam he will examine possibility of recommending a CBI probe within a week, the state has still not given its nod.
From birth to death
Janani Suraksha Yojana
Scam | Janani Surakha Yojana (JSY) is the flagship scheme of NRHM aimed to check maternal and infant mortality rate by offering financial assistance and institutional delivery facilities. Under the scheme, poor women are given Rs 1400 after delivery of baby so that they can afford nourishment required for them and the newborn. The scheme also encouraged pregnant women to come to hospital for delivery. More than one third of over Rs 8000 crore sanctioned by the central government under NRHM for UP was spent on JSY. But investigations now have brought to the fore that a large amount of money was siphoned off through fake payments. Required facilities in the primary health centres in the villages were also not provided. As a result, the maternal (359) and infant (61) mortality rates of UP continues to be among highest in the country.
Status| CBI probe underway. It is being probed along with NRHMscam.
Scam | In December 2010, Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta Justice (Rtd) NK Mehrotra indicted state minister Rajesh Tripathi on charges of collecting money for a society that runs an illegal crematorium in Gorakhpur. In a report submitted to then chief minister Mayawati, the Lokayukta said the minister for homoeopathy and religious endowment, through his NGO Mukti Path Sewa Sansthan, encroached upon 1.219 hectares of central government's Narcotics department at Chillupar and collected money on the bodies that came for cremation. The income from the shops constructed by him on the land was also going in the NGO's account. The Lokayukta in his report also asked the government to check the activities of the NGO. Stating that income from the government land cannot go in the account of a person, the Lokayukta suggested the state could take the land on lease from the union government and hand it over to various departments for development. The report said the local authorities worked under pressure of the minister and did not take steps to vacate the land.
Status | Mayawati sacked Rajesh Tripathi from cabinet but took no other action. She gave her ticket again for assembly election which he won.
From agriculture to industries
Scam | Some irrigation department officials allegedly swindled around Rs 600 crore in the name of building canals from Bansagar dam to Allahabad and Mirzapur. Between 2007 and 2011, around Rs 1,290 crore were shown spent on construction whereas only half the work was done. The Bansagar canal project was conceptualised in 1973 under an agreement between the state governments of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The MoU was signed the same year. The scheme came into operation in 1998. The project aimed to irrigate around one lakh hectares in Allahabad and 70,000 ha in Mirzapur. During Mayawati's regime things deteriorated. The project was completed only on paper. As a result farmers did not get even a drop of water.
Status | The case has been recommended to Economic Offence Wing. Role of former irrigation minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui is being scrutinised and five senior officials including a chief engineer and an executive engineer are being probed. The Sharda and Saryu canal projects too are being scrutinised.
Scam | Former minister of state for animal husbandry Awadhpal Singh Yadav was indicted by the Lokayukta in August 2011 for corruption and criminal activities. The Lokayukta inquiry into a complaint exposed a multi-crorescam in animal husbandry department. In a 36-page report, the Lokayukta indicted Yadav for grabbing gram samaj land in his hometown, Etah, misusing his office for awarding construction contract of veterinary hospitals to his son, Parag milk filling contract to his relative, instigating violence against his rivals and getting his name entered in the revenue records on false documents to take illegal possession of gram samaj land, besides involved in criminal activities. Apart from this, the Lokayukta said that investigation conducted by him had shown that illegal country made liquor worth Rs 200 crore was manufactured under political patronage in Etah.
Status | The Loyayukta recommended removal of Yadav form the state ministry and lodging of a case against him under the anti-corruption Act and Abolition of Zamindari Land Reforms Act. Yadav was asked to resign by Mayawati but no further action was taken.
Scam | Audit by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has found that 21 government sugar mills were auctioned by the Mayawati government at throwaway prices, causing a loss of over Rs 1,200 crore to the state exchequer. Besides under-valuation of mills, the process of bigging was rigged and expected price was disclosed to help two cartels allegedly led by liquor baron Ponty Chadha and a BSP leader buy sugar mills for peanuts.
Status | CAG report to be tabled in coming state assembly session for further action. A PIL on sale also pending in the High Court.
Scam |The Lokayukta indicted former UP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha -- in previous Mayawati regime for irregularities in allotment of lease for mining.
The Lokayukta also found them prima facie guilty of disproportionate income and recommended further inquiry by the CBI. He also recommended a probe by the Enforcement Directorate to find out money launderingin the scam. The attack on BSP minister Nand Gopal Gupta alias Nandi in 2010 was also linked to illegal mining. Sonbhadra and Mirzapur have become a hub of illegal mining of sand stone.
Status |Babu Singh Kushwaha was also named in NRHMscam. He was made to resign from the post of minister and later expelled from the party. But no leagal action was taken. In case of Siddiqui, the Mayawati took no action at all. Siddiqui has also filed a petition in the Allahabad High Court against Lokayukta order.
Scam| A complaint was lodged against Naseemuddin Siddiqui, who was minister of over 18 departments, including excise, in Mayawati regime, was under the Lokayukta scanner for alleged bungling of crores in granting of license for sale of liquor. Licences were given to a cartel related to liquor baron Ponty Chadha. The liquor was sold at more than maximum retail price to the consumeracross the state. The scam is said to be running into thousands of crores of ruppees.
Status | Still under investigation.
High security number plates
Scam| The decision to award the contract for high security number plates in UP was struck down by the High Court on April 3, 2012, after hearing a write petition. The court found anomalies in bidding process. It was revealed that the previous government favoured a black listed Mumbai-based firm. The firm had bagged the contract despite its owner having a criminal past and the company quoting a price that was 320% higher than what most high security registration plate suppliers were charging in other states. This would have resulted in the company pocketing an extra Rs 800 crore from UP vehicle owners.
Status | The High Court cancelled the contract, fined the officer and the company which got the contract and recommended Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry. The state government has decided to go for re-tendering. However, the recommendation of CBI inquiry was challenged in the Supreme Court, which stayed the matter till further hearing.
Scam | Lucknsow police has found certain anomalies in construction of dalit memorials. These anomalies are related to over pricing and under payment in construction, transportation and installation of statutes of elephants in these memorials. The chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has said that anomalies took place at every step from plantation of trees to allotment of contracts for construction work. The buildings were constructed but demolished later to put up a new structure leading to huge loss to the public exchequer. Further, there were anomalies in purchase of sand stones for the memorial. Items were over priced but payments made were less. There are examples like a labourer was shown as a contractor and money was pocketed by officials. A junior engineer formed a construction company in the name of his wife and grabbed contract. Officials of the Lucknow Development Authority and UP Nirman Nigam have been found to be involved in anomalies.
Status| Being probed by Lucknow police. Might be recommended to higher agency
As reported in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 18 May 2012:
Land to loo: Scams galore in Uttar Pradesh - The Times of India