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October 16, 2020 5:36:46 am
The Mahisagar district administration has initiated a probe into an alleged misappropriation of funds to the tune of Rs 1 crore from Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) initiatives, after a whistleblower wrote to numerous authorities departments, together with the Rural Development Depart in addition to the Gujarat Vigilance Commission, searching for an inquiry.
According to the petitioner, Indravadan Parikh, an advocate in Santrampur, 4 talukas of Mahisagar District — Santrampur, Lunawada, Virpur and Balasinor — have misappropriated funds from MGNREGA by making funds to 5 distributors for works that have been accomplished almost three years in the past. Parikh mentioned that he learnt concerning the rip-off via official sources and determined to pursue the matter.
“I received to find out about a fee of Rs 19 lakh to a vendor in January 2019, for a piece that was accomplished within the Santrampur block in 2006. The work was given completion certificates and locked with a digital signature as per the method. However, officers made a request to unlock and modify the signature and made a fee to a vendor who was not concerned within the work,” Parikh instructed The Indian Express.
In February 2020, Parikh sought data pertaining to MGNREGA initiatives throughout the district from the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) Mahisagar however because of the Covid-19 lockdown in March, the company didn’t revert to Parikh. All works underneath MGNREGA from the 4 blocks of the district are accomplished works associated to verify dams and a few forest division works from the earlier decade, sources added.
“In July this yr, they despatched me a again dated letter searching for fee of charges for the knowledge to point out that they’d replied inside the 30-day time-frame of RTI however as a result of they despatched it by registered submit, the date of posting the letter confirmed that they didn’t reply in time,” Parikh mentioned.
He then wrote to the Rural Development Department in addition to the Gujarat Vigilance Commission. “Both the departments took cognisance of my complaints and sought reviews from the district division. The Director of DRDA Mahisagar is conducting an inquiry however they haven’t even replied to the Department or Commission,” he added.
A letter dated September 22 from Assistant Commissioner Rural Development Department Gujarat, Dev Chaudhary, to the Mahisagar District Development Officer seeks a report inside seven days with particulars of the mentioned allegation. However, the district is but to apprise the division.
Chaudhary instructed The Indian Express, “We have obtained a grievance concerning the alleged funds made to distributors to the tune of Rs 1 crore. We sought a report however now we have not obtained any reply from the district. We will ship them a reminder once more.”
Parikh added that the digital signatures couldn’t be modified with out the consent of the workplace of the Commissioner of the Rural Development Department as per the method and, due to this fact, the involvement of officers from each the DRDA in addition to the state authorities division can’t be dominated out.
“I instructed the Vigilance Commi-ssion that the DRDA Director of Mahisagar has not taken any motion within the matter since January 2019 and so it doesn’t seem like a case of ignorance of details. There are officers concerned… to cowl up, they’d a number of the 5 distributors return the cash paid to them on-line however not all of them have returned the cash,” Parikh mentioned. The distributors are from Godhra, Santrampur, Lunawada and Sehra.
Mahisagar DDO Neha Kumari didn’t remark regardless of repeated makes an attempt.
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