KPCC’s Rs 137 Challenge ends up as real challenge for party!

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Thiruvananthapuram: ‘Rs 137 Challenge’, an operation fund raising program initiated by KPCC as part of commemorating the 137th Foundation Day of Indian National Congress, ended up in controversy. Owing to the improper financial documentation of the program, the insiders are reportedly in rift.

The challenge began on December 28, 2021 and was slated to end by Republic Day. However, as the projected amount was not pooled, the end date was first pushed to March 12 (Dandi March anniversary day). Later the date was further extended to April 30.

The plan was to pool Rs 50 crore. KPCC’s direction was the payments should be in denomination of Rs 137 or multiples. But how to go about it was not well planned. The program got stuck in the top level itself. Amid this, a section of party workers raised allegations about financial irregularities.

The money was collected through digital transaction methods including QR code transfers and physical receipt based coupons. One of the allegation is that digital transactions did not reach KPCC account. KPCC treasurer Prathapachandran, who was entitled with the financial matters relating to the challenge, has been receiving flak. Similarly, there is no idea about the total amount pooled specifically for the Challenge that ended on April 30. It is learnt that the issue will be raised in the conference of Congress Group Leaders.

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