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Uttarakhand in a bind over CAG report on Kumbh Mela

Business Standard, Shishir Prashant / New Delhi/ Dehradun April 1, 2011

A year ago, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank had demanded Nobel prize for holding the Maha Kumbh Mela at Haridwar. But now, a new report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has put the government in a tight spot by highlighting wasteful, avoidable and unauthorised expenditures of nearly Rs 43 crore in the Maha Kumbh Mela, which was organised last year from January 1 to April 30 with a total action plan of Rs 590 crore with the Centre contributing Rs 565 crore. An expenditure of Rs 439.5 crore was incurred till July 2010 by the state government. [more]