AAP government used Rs 29 crore in ads outside Delhi: CAG report

The audit found that in several instances, work of the government was projected as the AAP's achievements.

Published: 10th March 2017 08:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th March 2017 09:28 PM   |  A+A-

AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal | PTI

By Express News Service

AAP-led Delhi government’s one of the most controversial advertisement policy has been criticized by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) as well. According to the CAG, AAP-led Delhi government, in its first year, spent Rs 29 crore in releasing advertisements outside Delhi which was "beyond" its responsibility. Report also said that advertisements worth Rs 24 crore released by it were in violation of financial propriety and Supreme Court regulations. 

"Over 85 percent of expenditure of Rs 33.40 crore incurred in one specific publicity campaign pertained to advertisements released outside Delhi which was beyond the responsibility of the Delhi government," it said. The Arvind Kejriwal government had allotted a whopping Rs 522 crore for advertisement and publicity in 2015-16 budget, which was later revised to Rs 134 crore. CAG has also slammed Delhi government over poor planning for RTE implementation.  

Similarly, The CAG has hit BJP-ruled civic bodies in the national capital for failing use of adequate funds to control Dengue. CAG has said that crores of rupees were wasted. The CAG's performance audit report tabled in the Delhi Assembly said the municipal bodies spent Rs 109.43 crore, between 2013-15, on domestic breeding checkers without any supervision of the work done or any assessment. The audit was conducted to assess whether the steps taken by government agencies and municipal corporations to control dengue were adequate and effective, the Comptroller and Auditor General said.

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