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Cal HC Directs CAG To Do Audit Of Amphan Relief Distribution

Kolkata: A division bench of the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday directed the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India to do an audit of the distribution of Amphan relief materials in West Bengal.

The high court has directed the CAG to do both financial audit and performance-based audit of the distribution of relief and compensation after cyclone Amphan hit the state in May this year. The court also directed to submit the report within three months.

The case was filed in August by advocate Shamim Ahmed on behalf of two farmers’ organisations in south Bengal. At least five cases were filed in connection with corruption charges. The high court was hearing all the cases.

Disastrous cyclone Amphan hit a large part of south Bengal on May 20, killing nearly 100 people and damaging more than a million houses and agricultural lands. The Mamata Banerjee-led state administration had announced a relief package of Rs 6,250 crore, while the Centre had announced a relief package of Rs 1,500 crore.

(IANS)

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