District administration ready for inquiry and auditing regarding IAP funds, says Smita Sabharwal

Terming the allegations made by the district TRS legislators on the allocation of Integrated Action Plan (IAP) funds as ‘untrue’, Collector Smita Sabharwal said that the district administration was ready for any kind of inquiry and auditing on the execution of the works for the development of backward naxalite-affected villages in the district.

Addressing a press conference along with Superintendent of Police V.Ravinder and DFO Shafiullah here on Thursday, the Collector clarified that they had taken up works under IAP in a transparent manner by following the guidelines made by the Union government and there was no question of succumbing to political pressures. She said that they had allocated more funds in the most-affected villages albeit forest dominated villages in the first phase two phases of the programmes and later they would extend the same to other plain regions of the district.

Stating that they had trained the women SHG members to check the quality of the work by constituting vigilance committees, she said that they had also constituted a third party inquiry into the quality of works by a retired engineer Rajeshwar Reddy. She said that they were clearing the bills only after the third party inquiry submits report on the quality of the works executed under the IAP programme.

Informing that there were no guidelines to allocate funds according to the Assembly segments, she said that they had taken up Rs.32 crore works with Rs.30 crore funds allocated by the Union* government under the IAP programme. She said that about 77 per cent works were completed in the district.

Superintendent of Police V.Ravinder said that the government had issued guidelines to take up roads, health centres, drinking water schemes, school buildings, etc. in the naxalite-affected villages.

DFO Shafiullah and others were also present.