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Axe falls on officers for bungling in NREGS

The axe has fallen on large numbers of officers including district magistrates and Chief Development Officers for bungling in implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, M Hasan reports.

lucknow Updated: Mar 30, 2010 20:48 IST
M Hasan

The axe has fallen on large numbers of officers including district magistrates and Chief Development Officers for bungling in implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).

While ordering departmental inquiry against district magistrates of Chitrakoot and Sultanpur Hirdesh Kumar and RK Singh respectively for irregularities the Chief Minister Mayawati on Tuesday also suspended the chief development officers of Chitrakoot Gaya Prasad Singh and Jai Ram Lal Verma (Mahoba).

While departmental probe has been ordered against the CDO Sultanpur B Ram, several officers in Gonda, Balrampur, Mahoba, Chitrakoot and Sultanpur have also been suspended.

The government has also registered FIRs against 38 village pradhans, 30 village development officers in 40 cases in 29 districts. Mayawati said so far 42 officers had been suspended and departmental probe had been ordered against 69 officers in the matter.

Warning the officers that corruption would not be tolerated in the NREGS Mayawati directed the officers that infrastructural and other development works should be completed with full transparency. Similarly she said even the officers of rural development connected with other projects would also not be spared.

Apart from spot inspection by the senior officers the government has also constituted a monitoring committee at tehsil level to keep vigil on NREGS work. She said there was also third party verification of the NREGS work. The divisional commissioners have been asked to expedite the investigation so that chargesheets could be submitted against the officers in the court.

The issue had taken political turn last week with AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi accusing the state of large-scale swindling in the NREGS funds. The UPCC has already been carrying on campaign for a long time against Mayawati government on continuing irregularities in NREGS.