Advertisement

HindustanTimes Sun,26 Oct 2014

Sarpanches pocketing pension plan money

HT Correspondent  Faridkot, March 06, 2013
First Published: 22:00 IST(6/3/2013) | Last Updated: 22:01 IST(6/3/2013)

The public hearing by a chief judicial magistrate (CJM) at Kot Sukhia village in this district has done much more than just exposing the swindling of public money from the central and state schemes.

Advertisement

The chairman of the Punjab legal service authority (PLSA) has directed all district sessions judges in the state to organise similar awareness camps and public hearings to detect the misappropriation of pension and other money meant for the rural masses.

The CJM's public hearing was during a legal-awareness camp. Once the CJM questioned the villagers of Kot Sukhia, he knew they were not getting any benefit of the old-age pension, national job guarantee, below poverty line (BPL) and other social welfare schemes. Many of the cheated villagers are illiterate and poor.

The CJM found that the sarpanches had retained the pension released under the BPL scheme. After the CJM's intervention, 52 people got their pension on the spot. The names of many illegal beneficiaries were struck of the pension roll.

In a letter on February 28 to all district and session judges, the PLSA chairman had told them about this legal awareness camp and public hearing in Faridkot. Besides detecting misappropriation of old-age pension scheme money, the CJM had found families drawing pension in the name of relatives who were dead for years.

comment Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of www.hindustantimes.com
blog comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement
more from Bathinda

Foundation stone of "Astro Turf"awaiting start of work at Fzr

Though the Punjab government might be busy in claiming that there is no dearth of funds to ensure the facilitation of development works in the state, yet the foundation stone laid for the astro turf for hockey several months ago here, remains as it is and no work has been started to construct the turf.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Copyright © 2014 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved