Kottayam: The Kerala State Youth Commission benefits none other than its members and staff, if its account books are any indication.
In the just-concluded financial year, the commission has drawn on the Rs 92.54 lakhs allotted to it as pay and perks, including Rs 9.71 lakh received by its chairwoman Chintha Jerome, but kept intact Rs 39 lakh of the Rs 90 lakh reserved for welfare activities.
The information received under the Right to Information Act points to the commission’s activities, or the lack of them. The government had budgeted Rs 1.10 crore to the commission’s activities in 2017-18 and released Rs 90 lakh. The commission could only spent a little over half of that amount on programmes for youngsters.
In the previous financial year, the commission let Rs 19 lakh lapse from Rs 1 crore earmarked for it. The government had released Rs 65 lakh. Yet the members and staff were extra careful to draw the entire amount marked for pay and perks.
In 2015-16, the government budgeted Rs 1 crore to the commission and released Rs 70 lakh. As much as Rs 19.5 lakh was duly returned by the commission, while it fully drew Rs 83.12 lakh meant for salaries.
The government has spent an additional Rs 23 lakh on the commission in the three years.
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