THERE IS no end to bungling in the MP Local Area Development Fund (MPLAD) as the officers responsible for implementation of the scheme have become quite innovative about it.
In a recent case of bungling of fund allocated by BSP MP Vir Singh, officials of Jyotiba Phule Nagar District Rural Development Organisation (DRDO) changed the estimate approved by the Sugarcane Development department, which was the executing agency for the projects. Now moves are afoot to hush up the bungling made in records to siphon off the money. While Vir Singh told Hindustan Times on phone that there was no “harm in changing the estimate”, project director PS Jain admitted that documents had been tampered with to increase the estimate.
The BSP MP said “I have no objection in the matter”. However Jain said a show cause notice had been issued on June 17 to concerned engineer Lakhan Singh.
But CDO Sahdeo Sharma expressed ignorance about the scandal. Lakhan Singh, while denying charges, said he had already replied to the notice. While in one case 50 percent fund had been issued, in the remaining three cases bungling was detected before the fund was released.
According to documents under the possession of Hindustan Times, BSP Rajya Sabha MP had asked the DM Jyotiba Phule Nagar in January for the constructions of roads in Bhawalpur Bansali, Alaudadpur Kalan, Rakhalu and beautification of Chauraha Azampur Patti.
For the beautification of Chauraha Azampur Patti, the sugarcane department had made estimate of Rs 5 lakh but the engineer while preparing the final proposal jacked it up to Rs 8.10 lakh. Similarly, the MP had approved 200 meters road construction in Rakhalu village but tampering in his letter turned it into “280 meters”. On the spot verification of the road from the house of Ram Prakash to late Jodha Singh showed the length was 200 meters.
The project director, in his show cause notice to the engineer, sought to know as to who would be responsible for this extra length of 80 metres.
The cost including additional 80 metres of the project was estimated at Rs 8.77 lakh.