Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Prisoner’s name in list of beneficiaries

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SHILLONG: In yet another instance of irregularities in MGNREGS implementation, a prisoner has been shown as a beneficiary of the Centre’s flagship programme.

The Village Employment Council (VEC) in Shella-Bholaganj under the Sohra Block Development Office fraudulently incorporated the name of the under trial prisoner (UTP), alleged the FKJGP Sohra Circle.

The student body said, after going through the records maintained by the VEC, it was found that the name of Endren Dkhar, who had been serving a jail term since November 3 last year, was still shown as getting employment under the Centrally-sponsored scheme.

It was also found that Rs 2400 was withdrawn from Dkhar’s bank account on May 20 last. The money was deposited in the job card holder’s account as wage for the month of February, the FKJGP alleged.

Besides, his father’s bank account had Rs 600 deposited as wage for February  which violated the norm that only one person from each family shall get employment under the scheme.

Besides the UTP, there are two more persons, who are no longer beneficiaries of the scheme, but their names are still in the list.

Among them, a young woman, P Burnia, had stopped seeking employment under MGNREGS in October last year. Certain amount from her personal account where wage used to be deposited was found to be withdrawn.

Darihun Diengdoh, who did not work under the scheme from October 29 last year, has come to know that Rs 1400 was withdrawn from her account too.

Both the women did not have any knowledge about withdrawal of the amount.

The FKJGP Sohra Circle has decided to file an FIR in this connection.

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