Rupnagar additional deputy commissioner (ADC, development), Amarjit Singh Shahi, said an enquiry would be conducted into allegations of misappropriation of wages provided to beneficiaries under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) by a former sarpanch of Bhaini village in Nurpur Bedi area here on Thursday.
Talking to media persons, Shahi said the allegations were serious and an enquiry would be conducted into them and the defaulters would not be spared.
Former minister Romesh Dutt Sharma had alleged that the former sarpanch, who is also a senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader, had misappropriated the wages provided under MNREGA to the beneficiaries of Bhaini village through forgery.
Shahi also said that projects amounting to Rs 6.75 crore would be carried out under MNREGA here this year. An amount of Rs 3.94 crore was made available to Rupnagar district, out of which Rs 3.76 crore had been utilised so far, he said, adding that 330 projects were being done under the scheme in the district.
He further said that to ensure complete transparency, the payment of wages to beneficiaries was being made directly to their bank accounts through Electronic Fund Management System (EFMS) from November this year. So afr, Rs 35.04 lakh had been transferred in the accounts of the beneficiaries, Shahi pointed.
Employment Day would be observed under MNREGA on the last Friday of every month in the district and programmes would be organised at various places on the day to listen to the beneficiaries' grievances, Shahi said.