Lokayukta probe to be sought into allotment of houses

Social activist Shaikh Shafi Ahmed has said that there are several irregularities in the allotment of houses under the Basava Housing Scheme by Panchayat Raj institutions. In one gram panchayat, 44 of the 115 houses have been allotted to the relatives of gram panchayat members, government servants and those who already have houses.

Mr. Ahmed, who unearthed such irregularities in the Harsur gram panchayat in Gulbarga taluk, told presspersons here on Monday that as per the documents obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the gram panchayat members had bypassed all the norms and allotted houses to non-eligible beneficiaries.

Harsur gram panchayat was among the 23 gram panchayats in Gulabrga district chosen for the implementation of Basava Housing Scheme this year, The government had allocated Rs. 16.21 crore for the construction of houses through the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Housing Corporation, he said.

While similar irregularities were found in the allotment of houses in other gram panchayats, there was also no information on whether the beneficiaries were selected in accordance with the set procedure of conducting gram sabhas or not.

According to Mr Ahmed, the entire selection was based on a survey conducted by nodal officer Robin Sutar, taluk panchayat executive officer and the panchayat development officer. There were several discrepancies in the allotment of houses and the income and caste certificates submitted by the beneficiaries. Mr. Ahmed said that he proposed to file a complaint with the Lokayukta against Mr. Sutar and other officials concerned.