AP Cabinet ratifies enquiry report on SSA scam

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Hyderabad, May 9 (UNI) The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet today approved the Justice A Venkatarami Reddy Commission's inquiry report on 'Sarva Siksha Abhiyan' (SSA) scam, in which more than Rs 15 crore funds were allegedly diverted and misappropriated.

Briefing the press after the Cabinet meeting, Information and Public Relations Minister A Ramanarayan Reddy said the Commission of Enquiry, which submitted its report on February 29, had found that the Assistant Accounts Officer in the office of SSA State Project Director V Subramaniyam and private person N Sarasadevi were the persons responsible for the misappropriation of funds, which were misused during 2002 to 2005-06.

Stating that the accused would be punished as per criminal laws, Mr Reddy said the SSA Project Director was advised to streamline the accounting process and make the accountability very specific.

The State Cabinet also approved to fill up 20 Assistant Professor posts at King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam and 14 professors posts at Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SWIMS).

The government had also decided to distribute house sites to those displaced due to Totapalli Barrage Project, under the Relief and Rehabilitation Policy. But it had cancelled the allotment of 13 acre of land to Sanskrit Vidyalaya here as they failed to construct the school.

The land would be now utilised for the INDIRAMMA Housing Scheme.

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