Sixteen top officials of the Uttar Pradesh Construction Corporation were suspended by the Samajwadi Party-led state government for their alleged involvement in the multi-crore scam in the construction of the Kanshi Ram Memorial during Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati's regime.
The suspended officials include four general managers and a dozen project managers of the Uttar Pradesh Nirman Nigam.
The action was ordered by Public Works Minister Shivpal Yadav, who has been out to expose the large scale pilferage of funds in the construction of memorials and monuments by Mayawati . A whopping sum of Rs 7,000 crore was officially spent out of the state exchequer for the BSP supremo's "dream projects."
The 220-acre memorial-cum-park was christened by Mayawati as 'Manyavat Kanshiram Ji Memorial and Green Eco Garden.'
Announcing punitive action against the officials, Yadav told media personnel, "A preliminary inquiry carried out on my instructions has shown that Mayawati's officials have pilfered anything between 150- 200 per cent of the actual expenditure on the memorial. I am firmly of the view that the pilfered money must be recovered from these officials after a thorough probe".