Banks refuse to encash erroneous cheques
HUNDREDS OF youths, who received Rs 1000 as unemployment allowance for the months of May and June on June 16, are now running from pillar to post for getting the anomalies in the cheques corrected. Utter carelessness shown in the preparation of these account payee cheques has rendered them absolutely useless for those who received the dole from the chief minister amid much fanfare on June 16.india Updated: Jun 20, 2006 01:34 IST
HUNDREDS OF youths, who received Rs 1000 as unemployment allowance for the months of May and June on June 16, are now running from pillar to post for getting the anomalies in the cheques corrected. Utter carelessness shown in the preparation of these account payee cheques has rendered them absolutely useless for those who received the dole from the chief minister amid much fanfare on June 16.
The treasury staff in six districts who did the job left quite a few anomalies— silly mistakes like overwriting, wrong names, missing serial numbers and absence of signatures of officials concerned.
Information collected from Sitapur, Lakhimpur, Hardoi and Lucknow employment exchanges revealed that lack of proper coordination between the employment exchanges and treasuries might have been the main reason behind so many cheques having been wrongly named.
Now, the banks have refused to entertain them.
When contacted, regional employment officer SK Saksena said, “Some mistakes cannot be ruled out and we are trying to attend to all the cases brought to our notice. We are committed to distribute allowance to all the registered jobless youths.”
Saksena refuted the charges that no one was attending to the complaints of the allowance seekers.
But Shahi Raj Singh of Lucknow had a different story to tell. He received a cheque of Rs 1000 on June 16 but his cheque was returned by the bank officials stating that his cheque cannot be encashed due to overwriting. Talking to HT, Shashi said, “I have been running from pillar to post just to get the signature of the regional employment officer but he is not doing it. He is simply passing the buck on others who have flatly refused to sign or issue another cheque in its place.”
Reena Singh another allowance seeker said, “I am standing in the queue for last four hours but no one is ready to write the correct spelling of my name on the cheque, which the bank officials have refused to accept.”
Another youth Rakesh Kumar said, “I have personally met the regional employment officer but he has no time for us, there is no system where the mistakes committed by the exchange could be corrected,” said Rakesh.
Similarly, while Shiv Shankar has become “Shaiv Shankar Yadava” in Rae Bareli, Shyam Kumar became “Yaam Kumar” in Sitapur. Neeraj Kumar became Dheeraj Kumar and Mohd Rafiq’s name got printed on the cheque as Mohd Shafiq.
Similar is the case with hundreds of other youths of the division.
When brought to his notice, Labour Minister Waqar Ahmad Shah feigned ignorance about any such problem. The minister told HT that he had so far received no complaints. The minister said cheques were thoroughly checked before being handed over to the beneficiaries on June 16. However, he said if there were any problem, it would be rectified.
But the youths, who were quite upbeat only the other day after getting the cheques, are obviously impatient. A large number of youths who assembled at the employment exchange in Sitapur on Monday had to return without much success, as no officer was available to look into his or her grievances. In Lakhimpur Khiri too, youths faced similar problems. Assistant employment officer (AEO) Mithilesh Kumar said he had received complaints in this connection.
However, he said lapses were because of workload on the treasury staff.
In some cases even parentage had also been changed. While Zainab Jahan became “Sanak Jahan”, her father’s name was changed from Fakirey Khan to “Kabir Khan”.
Talking to HT, Fakirey said the whole process of distribution of allowance had come to a naught. Mithilesh Kumar, however, told HT that fresh cheques would be issued to the eligible candidates.
In Rae Bareli, employment officer MK Shrivastav said he too had received complaints about mistakes in the cheques.