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Vyapam Audit Report Shows Wide Gap in Sanctioned and Real Spending

An RTI query has revealed a huge difference between sanctioned income-expenditure and actual income-expenditure.

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Congress activists burning an effigy of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over Vyapam scam (Photo: PTI)

The audit report of the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, or Vyapam as it is popularly known, for the year 2011-12, showed that there was a huge difference between its sanctioned income and expenditure and actuals, an RTI query has revealed.

The audit report states that in 2011-12, the sanctioned income of the board was Rs 66.97 crore and the sanctioned expenditure Rs 44.12 crore. However, the actual income was stated to be Rs 98.30 crore and the actual expenditure Rs 28.37 crore.

Major Discrepancy

The difference between actual income and sanctioned income comes to Rs 31.34 crore while the difference between sanctioned expenditure and actual expenditure was Rs 15.74 crore. The reason behind such a discrepancy is not clear.

The huge difference between sanctioned income-expenditure and actual income-expenditure of the board indicates that while preparing the budget correct estimation with regard to the examinations conducted in the year of audit (2011-12) was not done keeping in mind the previous year’s income and expenditure.
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The report said correct estimations of the figures should be made while preparing the budget.

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The audit report was obtained by activist Ajay Dubey through an RTI application in January 2016 from the MP Professional Examination Board.

The RTI application revealed that audit for 2012-13 was completed in September 2015 but the report has still not been made available to the board.

Mysterious Deaths

Madhya Pradesh has been stuck in the Vyapam scam for years, but the irregularities came to light when 20 people were arrested in 2013 for impersonating candidates appearing for the 2009 medical entrance examination.

More than 45 people associated with the scam have died, mostly under mysterious circumstances. Following the chain of deaths, the Supreme Court, last July, directed the CBI to investigate not just the Vyapam scam but also the related deaths.

The most recent death was of retired Indian Forest Service officer Vijay Bahadur Singh, whose body was found close to a railway track near Odisha’s Belpahad station on 15 October 2015. He was travelling by the Puri-Jodhpur Express. The CBI has started probing this death as well. Singh acted as an observer in two Vyapam recruitment tests.

Former Madhya Pradesh minister Lakshmikant Sharma, one of the main accused in the Vyapam scam, was released on bail on 20 December 2015. Another Vyapam scam accused, a former officer on special duty Dhanraj Yadav, was released from jail on 19 December 2015 after he too got bail.

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