By BS Reporters
In a fresh blow to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), the Comptroller and Auditor General of India has rapped the finance ministry over allegedly serious lapses in implementation of the Rs 71,680-crore agricultural debt waiver and debt relief scheme - a major plank on which the coalition had contested the 2009 general elections.
A report tabled in Parliament today showed CAG, after auditing 22.32 per cent of the total number of accounts, had found several ineligible farmers had been given waivers, while many eligible ones had been disqualified by banks.
Following tabling of the report, the main Opposition BJP attacked UPA, while the Congress found faults with CAG's calculations.
The report said 8.5 per cent of the test-checked accounts that were granted the benefits were not eligible for those. The claims of these 6,822 accounts amounted to around Rs 20.5 crore.
The auditor also found the evidence of tampering, over-writing and alteration of records. CAG has criticised the Department of Financial Services (DFS) for inefficient monitoring of the scheme and not taking adequate action despite being aware of the "numerous flaws in implementation of the scheme".