PAC raps concession to Patil’s daughter

Says trust run by her violated norms

The Public Accounts Committee of the Maharashtra Legislature has criticised the then Congress-led government for not taking action in 2009 against a trust run by former president Pratibha Patil’s daughter Jyoti Rathore, despite violation of certain norms.

The report, tabled in the recently-concluded session of the legislature, said no action was taken against Ms. Rathore’s Maharashtra Mahila Udyam Trust, which had failed to complete the construction of a school building for which it had received government land.

“In 2009, the trust was given 47,300 sq.m. land for construction of buildings for primary and secondary school … in Pune district. Another 32,000 sq.m. land was given for playground with an annual rent of Rs. 1. However, the trust did not deposit the requisite 25% amount of the capital expenditure in the bank,” the PAC said.

While the construction was supposed to be completed in three years, it was not done even in June 2017, it said. The PAC sought to know why was the land not taken back from the trust.

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