Union Education Ministry has asked the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) for a special audit of the implementation of PM Poshan Scheme in West Bengal. The Ministry said, it has received reports about the alleged misuse of funds in West Bengal under the PM Poshan Scheme. It said, instances of deviations in the implementation of the scheme have also been reported in the media.
The Education Ministry has requested CAG for audit of implementation of PM Poshan Scheme in West Bengal for the last three financial years. This audit will encompass compliance, performance and financial audit. The Ministry said, necessary corrective action will be taken by the Department based on the audit report of CAG.
The Department of School Education and Literacy administers the PM Poshan Scheme through which funds are provided to States, based on proposals received from them for one hot cooked meal to eligible children in Classes one to eight and Balvatika. PM Poshan Scheme benefits about 11 crore 80 lakh children in the country studying in government and government-aided schools. (AIR NEWS)