CAG report on KIIFB: Cong demands probe
The special audit report on KIIFB came out in April this year, but the Vijayan-led Kerala government kept it under wraps, accused VD Satheesan, the leader of Opposition
Thiruvananthapuram: The Congress on Monday asked Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to come clean and order a probe into why a CAG special audit report on KIIFB that came out a few months ago was kept under wraps for so long. The special audit report on KIIFB came out in April this year, but the Vijayan government kept it under wraps, accused VD Satheesan, the leader of Opposition. He said this report saw daylight only because of an RTI plea.
"The government had placed the CAG report in the Assembly last week, but even though the special audit report is not required to be placed before the Assembly, all wish to know why it was not made public. Now it has come out through an RTI query and the report speaks volumes of numerous discrepancies and violations. It is clear that the Vijayan government did not want people to know of it and hence it was kept under wraps. We demand a probe into this," said Satheesan. The Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) was established as the principal funding arm of the Government of Kerala in 1999. The objective of KIIFB is to channelise funds for critical and large public infrastructure projects in the state and it was during the first term of the Pinarayi Vijayan government, the then economist turned Finance Minister Thomas Isaac gave it a new face and began off-budget borrowings.