Members say even funds allocated for scholarships were not utilised properly
The meeting of Shimoga Taluk Panchayat held in the city on Wednesday discussed in detail the irregularities in allotting houses for beneficiaries under the Indira Awas Yojana in the taluk.
Member Chandrashekharappa, who raised the issue, alleged that officials in-charge of the scheme were collecting Rs. 10,000 from the beneficiaries in an unauthorised manner for the allotment of houses. The houses were allotted to affluent persons. Gram panchayat secretary was allegedly involved in the irregularities at many places, he alleged.
The issue was discussed in the last meeting, but action had not been taken in this regard, he said.
Members Nagaraj, Devaraj, Geetha, Somashekhar, and Sharada spoke on the misuse of money under the Indira Awas Yojana. They demanded the administration to transfer Gram Panchayat secretary who were serving at the same place for over eight years. Member Nagaraj expressed displeasure against the style of functioning of the Department of Social Welfare. He said the scholarship released by the Government for the inmates of hostels managed by the department and the amount released to provide honorarium for young advocates was not properly utilised.
Member Nagaraj said that an artificial scarcity of fertilizer had been created in the taluk. The officials of the Department of Agriculture were hand in glove with the traders who were indulging selling fertilizers in the black market, he alleged.
An official from the Department of Agriculture said raids were conducted on such fertilizer shops.
Taluk panchayat president Manjula Gururaj and vice-president Kamalamma took part in the meeting.