A Right to Information (RTI) response received from activist Vivek Pandey has indicted the Delhi government, led by Arvind Kejriwal, of using funds for its Mukhyamantri Septic Tank Safai Yojana waste management system.
In November 2019, the Delhi government launched the program to ensure the safety of plumbing workers and the proper disposal of waste. According to the plan, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) should use 80 trucks for the cleaning and maintenance of septic tanks in the state capital. On Friday (December 17th) RTI activist Vivek Pandey received a response from the DJB about the allocation and subsequent use of the funds for the “Mukhyamantri Septic Tank Safai Yojana”.
The RTI response revealed that the Delhi government has allocated 50bn for 2019-2020 and 110mn for 2020-2021. Interestingly, no fund was sanctioned until November 21 for the year 2021-2022. In the first year (2019-2020) the Delhi government did not use a fund sanctioned for cleaning septic tanks.
Screenshot of the RTI response dated December 17, 2021
According to the RTI response, the Delhi government spent 113.35 billion yen for the 2020-2021 period even though the sanctioned amount was only 110 billion yen. Additionally, a similar trend in fund use was observed for 2021-2022, when the AAP government spent 4.96 yen despite the lack of funds allocation. Claims surrounding the “Mukhyamantri Septic Tank Safai Yojana” get grimmer when the available data is compared to the numbers obtained from another RTI response dated Feb. 24, 2021.
Speaking to Opindia, activist Vivek Pandey said the RTI’s earlier response indicated a budget allocation of ₹ 5 million for the 2019-2020 waste management program. This is in contradiction to the recently obtained data which support numbers of up to 50 crores. Both FTI replies made it clear that the allocated funds had not been used. Pandey had asked questions about the missing trace of 45 crores.
* RTI requested information about the Mukhyamantri Safai Yojna septic tank from #DLJBD.
Two of the same RTIs, but different answers.
Fund released in year 19-20 = 5 cr.
In the last RTI – 50 cr.
* Then what happened to rest 45 Cr. Rupee? #Delhi #RTI #AAP pic.twitter.com/0EUV3o8qHz
– Vivek pandey (@ Vivekpandey21) December 18, 2021
In a tweet he said, “RTI has been looking at the #DLJBD for information about the Safai Yojna septic tank in Mukhyamantri. Two of the same RTIs, but different answers. Fund released in year 19-20 = 5 cr. In the last RTI – 50 cr. * Then what happened to rest 45 Cr. Rupees? “
Vivek Pandey was also surprised at how the Delhi government, led by Arvind Kejriwal, came in at $ 0.07 billion in the first two months of the year. He suspects a possible cover-up by the Delhi Jal Board through active data manipulation at the behest of the Government of Delhi raised.
Screenshot of RTI response dated February 24, 2021
“Regarding the funds spent on the program, the RTI response found that no funds were used in the 2019-2020 period, while only Rs 7 lakh were used in the 2020-2021 period (through January 21). When asked for details on the number of trucks and tanks purchased through the program and the salaries of the Yojna employees, the DJB replied that the data had nothing to do with their office, ”a report by The New Indian Express said 27th of February. Read in 2021.
The RTI response previously revealed how Delhi CM Relief Fund has issued ‘NIL’ for Covid-19
In early April this year, RTI responses had revealed that the Delhi government, led by Arvind Kejriwal, received nearly 35 billion rupees from the LG / CM relief fund from March 2020 to January 2021. The Kejriwal government spent over 17 billion rupees from the amount raised. However, she did not provide any information on the funds she had spent from March 2020 to January 2021 to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
The first RTI was submitted in November 2020 and the second in February 2021. During a conversation with OpIndia, RTI activist Vivek Pandey had said that the Delhi government had consistently blamed the central government for the mismanagement of health infrastructure in the state capital, with an increasing number of Covid cases. Despite having funds, Kejriwal reportedly did nothing to control the pandemic