Congress seeks FIR against the Chief Secretary, others

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Lucknow, Sep 20 (UNI) Alleging financial bungling to the tune of Rs 350-400 crore in plantation of trees in seven districts of Bundelkhand, the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee(UPCC) today lodged a police complaint against state Chief Secretary and other officers concerned.

UPCC President Reeta Bahuguna Joshi and incharge of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) cell Sanjay Dikshit today went to Hazratganj kotwali asking to file the FIR in this regard.

According to complaint based on the social audit by the Congress team, the figures of plantation of one crore trees under (NREGS) were fake and the wrongful payment has been made by the state government.

As per the estimate, a payment of Rs 400 to 450 per tree was paid while hardly any plantation had taken place, the complaint said. It said the wrong compliance report was sent to the state government after one month-long plantation drive.

Chief Secretary Atul Kumar Gupta was also approached in this matter but no action was taken, Ms Joshi said. She said the complaint also urged the state government to take action against the officers concerned.

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