Hill organization has yet to submit an expense report: Governor of Bengal
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said on Friday that the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), formed in 2012, had not yet submitted a report on the spending of funds received from the Center or from the West Bengal government.
He claimed that no audit had been carried out on GTA’s accounts.
“A report on GTA spending should have been presented to the governor, but nothing like this has happened in the past 10 years,” Dhankhar told reporters at Bagdogra airport, concluding his stay of 10 days in Darjeeling.
Dhankhar had said in June in Darjeeling that he would ensure a special audit of the accounts of the administrative body of the hill by the CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General of India), claiming to have received serious complaints about its functioning.
The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration – an autonomous district council – was formed in 2012 to govern Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong and some moujas of the Siliguri subdivision.
Dhankhar, who has had regular run-ins with Congressional dispensation from Trinamool in the state since taking office as governor in July 2019, further said the West Bengal government has yet to published report on alleged financial irregularities in the purchase of medical equipment to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mamata Banerjee’s government ordered an investigation into the alleged irregularities in August 2020 and a three-member committee was subsequently set up for that purpose.
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