Rs. 40 lakh spent on purchase of crowbars in Karimnagar district

Zilla Parishad Chairman A. Laxman Kumar directed the authorities to order for a probe into allegations of spending more than Rs. 40 lakh for the purchase of crowbars for the implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) in Karimnagar district.

At the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) 64th governing body meeting here on Saturday, the members alleged large-scale irregularities in the execution of works under the NREGS like purchase of crowbars etc. Responding to the members' plea, the ZP chairman instructed the authorities to order for an inquiry and book the culprits.

He said that the DRDA had imparted training to over 20,971 youth in various trades during the last five years and helped 15,568 secure jobs in various sectors. He instructed the DRDA authorities to present details about the amount spent for the training of youth and the employment details of the youth. He also directed the authorities to conduct a study tour for members to see the placements of the youth in various sectors after their training in various trades.

Expressing concern over non-availability of details with the officials, he informed the authorities to conduct the DRDA governing committee meeting at least every three months. Collector G.D. Aruna said that they had enrolled 2.5 lakh labourers under the NREGS scheme and were planning to provide employment to all in the district by taking desiltation works, digging of contour trenches and plantation of nurseries etc.

The governing committee members -- Mandal parishad presidents J.. Shobarani, B. Ramchandram, K. Laxmi, B. Ramulu, M. Srinivas Reddy, Prakruthi NGO president Jayashree, DRDA project director Ravinder, DWMA project director Naveen Kumar and others were also present.

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