Wednesday, August 6, 2014

RTI reveals NREGS irregularities

Times of India, Aug 5, 2014
,TNN | Aug 5, 2014, 09.17 AM IST
Bhawanipatna: Names of 40 workers in Kalahandi district have allegedly been forged in the muster roll for a pond-digging work under MGNREGS, an RTI query has revealed.

The application was filed by Madhaba Sunani of Khandi Dangriguda village, about 60 km from here, in Kalampur block.

The reply to the query said the 40 never applied for digging of the pond in the village at the cost of Rs 3 lakh in 2012-13.

The workers have submitted a written complaint to BDO, Kalampur, Padmanav Samantray, alleging that Rs 49,191 has been misappropriated by reflecting that they worked for seven days.

The workers also claimed records show a temporary shed was built near the construction site at a cost of Rs 3,297, but no such shed was constructed and the money was siphoned off by panchayat staffers concerned. They also alleged while Sriram Bhati had actually supplied drinking water on the site, a bill of Rs 7,722 has been generated, showing the work was done by Debraj Majhi and Luje Bhati.

Sriram is yet to get payment for water supply, the villagers alleged.

Samantray said he personally inquired into the work and found nothing was manipulated in the records. He said the project cost was Rs 5 lakh and Rs 2 lakh is still pending. The amount would be utilized in October, he added.

Collector (Kalahandi) Bijay Ketan Upadhyay said he has instructed the BDO to bring all the records and bills to district rural development agency office and further inquiry will be made.

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