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Poverty relief funds totaling 870m yuan idle, wasted

Updated: Jun 29,2016 9:20 PM     Xinhua

By the end of March this year, 870 million yuan ($130.9 million) of poverty alleviation funding had been idle for more than one year or wasted, the country’s top auditor said on June 29.

Auditors have examined the use of poverty relief funds in 40 counties in 17 provinces, involving 5 billion yuan and 3,046 projects, Liu Jiayi, head of the National Audit Office, said while briefing lawmakers on the audit of the central government’s 2015 budget.

Of the audited money, 843 million yuan, or 17 percent, has been left unused for more than one year, including some idle for as long as 15 years, according to Liu.

Around 27 million yuan has been wasted due to 29 abandoned or unsatisfactory poverty relief projects, according to an audit report that Liu submitted to an ongoing bi-monthly session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee for deliberation.

In addition, 151 million yuan had been fraudulently obtained, for instance, through fabricated contracts, or used for purposes other than helping the poor, the report said.

In some cases, governments failed to allocate money to poor families that needed it most, the report showed.