Conning the living in the name of the dead
KNOW ANYONE who needs assistance under the Family Relief Scheme(FRS)? All he requires is a middleman and the right connections. It does not matter even if the candidate is not eligible for the scheme.india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 01:10 IST
KNOW ANYONE who needs assistance under the Family Relief Scheme(FRS)? All he requires is a middleman and the right connections. It does not matter even if the candidate is not eligible for the scheme.
Under the FRS, the government gives Rs 10,000 to a family whose earning member has died. An application has to be moved within three months of the death.
Gross irregularity came to light when SDM, Ramnagar, Avneesh Saxena, was distributing cheques to beneficiaries. When he said a few words consoling a woman on the death of her husband, Gulaba, resident of Harakka village, shot back that her husband Madhav was very much alive. The answer caused ripples in the function. Shanti Devi, Badki and Chandrika said their husbands had died two decades ago.
One Sabira had even remarried. Some of them said their husbands’ names did not tally with the ones on the list. These cheques were being distributed by the Social Welfare Department after verification by its supervisor S B Singh.
The SDM ordered withdrawal of all the cheques. The women said their cheques were collected by one Suryalal outside the pandal.
He was caught and all the cheques were recovered from his pocket. The women said they were paid Rs 1000 for coming here. All the cheques were recollected and the matter was referred to the district authorities.
CDO C K Pandey ordered an inquiry into the matter. During inquiry, it came to light that one Captain Haricharan was the mastermind behind the scheme. He used to do all the paper work with the consent of the staff at the Social Welfare Department.
It was his men who got women to act as recipients.
Around Rs 65 lakh has been given as assistance to beneficiaries under this scheme. A network of middlemen has managed distribution and selection of beneficiaries.
The CDO said a vigilance inquiry would be instituted.
First Published: Feb 02, 2006 01:10 IST