Mahisagar: Probe into misappropriation of MNREGA funds


Written by Aditi Raja
| Vadodara |October 16, 2020 5:36:46 am

Parikh mentioned that he learnt in regards to the rip-off by official sources and determined to pursue the matter. (Representational)

The Mahisagar district administration has initiated a probe into an alleged misappropriation of funds to the tune of Rs 1 crore from Mahatma Gandhi Nationwide Rural Employment Assure Act (MNREGA) tasks, after a whistleblower wrote to varied authorities departments, together with the Rural Improvement Depart in addition to the Gujarat Vigilance Fee, in search of an inquiry.

In response 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 practically three years in the past. Parikh mentioned that he learnt in regards to the rip-off by official sources and determined to pursue the matter.

“I bought to learn 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. Nevertheless, 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 advised .

In February 2020, Parikh sought data pertaining to MGNREGA tasks throughout the district from the District Rural Improvement Company (DRDA) Mahisagar however because of the Covid-19 lockdown in March, the company didn’t revert to Parikh. All works below MGNREGA from the 4 blocks of the district are accomplished works associated to test dams and a few forest division works from the earlier decade, sources added.

“In July this yr, they despatched me a again dated letter in search of fee of charges for the data to indicate that they’d replied inside the 30-day timeframe of RTI however as a result of they despatched it by registered put up, the date of posting the letter confirmed that they didn’t reply in time,” Parikh mentioned.

He then wrote to the Rural Improvement Division in addition to the Gujarat Vigilance Fee. “Each 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 Division or Fee,” he added.

A letter dated September 22 from Assistant Commissioner Rural Improvement Division Gujarat, Dev Chaudhary, to the Mahisagar District Improvement Officer seeks a report inside seven days with particulars of the mentioned allegation. Nevertheless, the district is but to apprise the division.

Chaudhary advised , “We have now acquired a grievance concerning the alleged funds made to distributors to the tune of Rs 1 crore. We sought a report however we’ve got not acquired any reply from the district. We’ll 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 Improvement Division 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 advised 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 look like a case of ignorance of info. 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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