LSG audit was stopped defying finance commission's order, claims Ramesh Chennithala
Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala alleged that the audit in local self-government bodies was stopped to hide corruption.
It is stated that the audit procedures for financial year 2019-2020 were stopped as the guidelines for receiving the financial commission’s grant is not yet issued. However, the financial commission’s guidelines were published on June 1, 2020. Every state was sent a copy of these guidelines, Ramesh Chennithala claimed at a press meet here.
The order to stop the audit procedures were issued by the audit director either without knowing about the order issued by the finance commission or by hiding it. Chennithala said that the audit director has to be dismissed from service for violating the law.
Ramesh Chennithala stated that Congress party is not afraid of auditing in local self-government bodies where either the party or UDF is in power. LDF should not attempt to hide their corruption by leaning on us.
Thomas Isaac stated that Kerala stopped auditing procedures because of the instruction from the Central government that the auditing of a certain percentage of panchayats in each state should be done in the ‘Audit Online’ platform, which was developed by the Central government. However, the auditing in Kerala is being done completely through an online platform called ‘AIMS’, the Congress leader said.
Ramesh Chennithala attacked Finance Minister Thomas Isaac by saying that it was him who admitted that he knew about the commission given to certain people in connection with the Life Mission project after the Chief Minister’s media advisor revealed it on television. So who is aiding corruption by pretending to help the poor through Life Mission project?, he asked
It is only natural that Thomas Isaac gets angry when this corruption is being exposed, Chennithala stated.