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Vigilance department indicts several loopholes in Aam Admi Party’s Feedback Unit

Facing another major embarrassment just a day after Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal ordered Rs 97 crore be recovered from AAP, the Vigilance Department today exposed several loopholes in the party's Feedback Unit

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New Delhi, March 31, 2017: In the wake of controversies emerging a day after another, one can easily assume that Aam Aadmi Party is struggling to pass through its most difficult time where its deeds and policies have stationed itself at the receiving end of constant criticism and embarrassments. While the stars of AAP are showing no mood to sync in alignment, the party has dwelled deeper in the swamp of controversy with the latest accusation by the Vigilance Department.

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Facing another major embarrassment just a day after Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal ordered Rs 97 crore be recovered from AAP, the Vigilance Department today exposed several loopholes in the party’s Feedback Unit.

In a report by India today, the media giant claimed to have accessed the exclusive copy of vigilance department’s recommendation to the CBI on Feedback Unit formed by the Arvind Kejriwal government. The Vigilance Department, in its report, has highlighted that funds were misused by the unit in what it described as a ‘serious violation’ of rules.

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The AAP government’s Feedback Unit was constituted to gather the relevant information and feedback regarding the working of departments under the Delhi government.

HERE’S WHAT VIGILANCE DEPARTMENT REPORT SAID:

  1. The Feedback Unit was constituted in task to gather the relevant information and feedback regarding the working of departments falling under the Delhi government.
  2. Separate posts were created for the unit. Initially, 20 posts were created for the unit against some of the positions abolished in the industry department. But later on, these posts were adjusted against 88 posts created in the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB).
  3. No permission was sought from Delhi LG for creation of new posts. There were no recruitment rules framed either.
  4. In Budget 2016-17, Rs 1 crore was assigned for this unit. Out of the allocated money, Rs 10 lakh was released and Rs 5.5 lakh reported to be spent.
  5. The last expenditure from the fund was of Rs 50,000 given to one Kailash Chand of ACB for payment of second installment of bribe on a complaint. A probe revealed that there was no such person in the ACB.
  6. The details of utilisation of Rs 5.5 lakh not available with the concerned department except Rs 50,000 mentioned above.
  7. The special unit was functioning under direct control of the CM office, the vigilance department was kept in dark about this unit’s functioning.
  8. Remuneration of feedback unit was paid on attendance sheet and staff has been recorded 100 per cent attendance during the period.

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Meanwhile, taking note of prima facie evidence of impropriety and violation of rules, the LG has ordered that the matter be referred to the CBI.

Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday (March 30) directed concerned departments that Rs 97 crore be recovered from AAP that was allegedly “splurged” by the city government on advertisements in violation of the Supreme Court guidelines.

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Baijal also ordered an inquiry into the spending on advertisements projecting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his party and asked the chief secretary to fix responsibility.

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Kejriwal’s Door to Door Donation Drive is a Farce: Munish Raizada

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors' list on its website and then only seek new donations.

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Dr. Munish Raizada along with his Chanda Bandh Satyagraha team outside the office of AAP MLA Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar). File photo

Chicago: The Aam Aadmi Party Convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has launched a door to door campaign seeking donations for the AAP.  According to former overseas co-coordinator of Aam Aadmi Party, Dr. Munish Raizada, this is nothing more than a misleading campaign!

Raizada says that Kejriwal has no moral right to seek donations from common man as he has dismantled financial transparency in AAP by removing donors list from its website. Displaying donors’ list showing real time donations and making the income and expenditure accounts available online were the basis and the promise of the AAP, emphasised Raizada.

Now, after hiding donors’ list and its balance sheets from the public, the AAP cannot claim to be practising alternative politics.

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Lack of financial transparency in the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP prompted a group of NRIs, who once worked to mobilise funds and support for the party, to turn against it. (File photo)

It may be noted that AAP removed the list of donors from its website in June 2016. Moreover, since then AAP has been surrounded with controversies related to donations. AAP had also received Rs 30.67 crore Income Tax notice, last year in November, implying that all is not well with AAP’s accounts, says Raizada.

He further questions Kejriwal, that if AAP has nothing to hide about its accounts and if AAP is honest with its account keeping then why is Kejriwal hiding the donations?

Even the donation policy that was earlier the pride of every AAP volunteer has been done away with. The donation policy on AAP website used to state: “Every single rupee donated to the party will be published on the website immediately along with the details of the donor. Every expense done by the party will also be published on the website.”

But rather than putting the donors’ list in public domain, the party’s corrupt leadership started blaming BJP and I.T. Department for harassing its donors.

 

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Chanda Bandh Satygrah demands restoration of  lost values in AAP ( File Photo)

 

Opaque political funding is the fountain head of corruption. Further, Raizada says that if the party cannot be transparent in its political funding, then talking about fighting corruption and graft is a mere rhetoric. He said that the appeals by Chanda Bandh Satyagraha have fallen on deaf ears as far as the party’s

leadership is concerned. 

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors’ list on its website and then only seek new donations. Chanda Bandh Satyagraha was started by AAP’s volunteers in 2016, with an appeal to the public not to donate to AAP unless it makes its donation lists open and transparent.