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CAG slams Kejriwal Govt for spending Rs 18.47 crore on advertisements
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has lashed out at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government for spending public money 'unnecessarily' on advertisements. CAG said that Delhi government's Rs 18.47 crore nationwide advertising blitz on its first anniversary was "unjustified", "irregular" and against the "basic financial tenets of public expenditure".

According to a report, Rs 18.47 crore had been spent by AAP government on advertisements. They had spent Rs 11.93 crore for city editions of national newspapers and Rs 6.54 crore for regional ones. Besides, Rs 6.54 crore was spent for advertorials in regional newspapers.

CAG has even accused the Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal for wasting public money. It stated that the achievements of the Delhi government should be highlighted only for the people of the city, but the Kejriwal-led administration spent money on print media advertisements for different city editions of national newspapers and regional newspapers also.

CAG also criticized Kejriwal government for publishing Hindi advertisements in English newspapers about its various schemes, initiatives and programmes since last year, which is considered 'unfruitful'.

According to highly placed sources in the audit body, the thematic working of the Directorate of Information and Publicity (DIP) is under watch. A lengthy audit process is underway, which will be carried out for three financial years 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16.

However, the AAP government is maintaining its stand that all guidelines were followed and documents are in place.

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