The Karimnagar district sarpanches have attained dubious distinction in the State by swindling over Rs 4.22 crore funds allocated under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and other funds allocated for the development of villages in the district.

Against a total of 1,100 village sarpanches in the district, around 222 sarpanches have swindled funds meant for the welfare and development of villages during their tenure in various villages of the district. These startling revelations were unearthed by the Lok Satta district unit by using the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

In a press note here on Thursday, Lok Satta district president N Srinivas and secretary T Rajamouli said that a total of 127 village sarpanches including 39 women sarpanches were involved in the swindling of funds meant for the village development. Among them, J Rajaiah, a sarpanch from Jallaram village of Kamanpur mandal, had swindled Rs 99.02 lakhs, J Sammaiah of Korapalli village in Jammikunta mandal Rs 12.79 lakhs, Ch Satyanarayana of Sundaragiri village in Chigurumamidi mandla Rs 8.75 lakhs. A Pochamma of Venkatapalli village in Vemulawada Rs 6.54 lakhs and M Chinna Shivaiah of Chandurthi village Rs 5.25 lakhs. Incidentally, the revenue authorities have recovered a whopping Rs 58.21 lakhs from Kishtaiah of Theegalaguttapalli village of Karimnagar mandal, Rs 7.51 lakhs from Pushpalatha of Gangadhara village and Rs 5.82 lakhs Swami of Tadipalli village. About 95 sarpanches had also swindled funds to the tune of Rs 39.68 lakhs. T Laxmi of Pechikalapet village of Kamanpur mandal had siphoned off Rs 2.33 lakhs, Kondal Reddy of Bheempelli village of Kamalapur mandal diverted Rs 2.83 lakhs and Jyothi of Bheemadevarapalli mandal Rs 2.256 lakhs.