‘Irregularities’ in pension distribution the trigger

The issues of reported irregularities to the tune of Rs. 1.98 lakh in pension distribution through the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) in Prattipadu generated much heat at the vigilance and monitoring committee meeting held here on Thursday. Elected representatives and district Collector took strong exception to the style of functioning of the DRDA Project Director K. Madhukar Babu and advised him to ensure transparency in transactions.

Prattipadu MLA Parvatha Chittibabu raised the issue at the meeting, wondering whether any action would be initiated against the accused. As the reply given by the Project Director was not satisfactory, all the MLAs joined the issue by listing out the reported irregularities in the pension scheme in their constituencies. When the MLAs held the district administration responsible for the developments, Collector Neetu Prasad stated that she was not getting any monthly reports from the DRDA with regard to the pension distribution.

Finding fault with the Project Director for keeping her in dark over the issue, Ms. Neetu sought monthly reports on distribution of pensions.

To link with Aadhar

Union Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju, who chaired the meeting, too faulted the project director and asked him to keep the Collector informed about the developments. He stressed the need for transparency in the activities of the DRDA and felt that the distribution of pensions must be localised. Joint Collector A. Babu said that plans were afoot to link the pension distribution with the Aadhar data, so that there should not be any scope for misappropriations.

  • Collector seeks monthly reports from DRDA on pension distribution

  • Pallam Raju has laid stress on transparency