Staff Correspondent

Panchayat urged to take action against officials

Executive officer urged not to approve bill of

Rs. 10 lakh given by the department

‘Machinery used in certain villages to take up works under NREGA’

CHAMARAJANAGAR: Members of the Chamarajanagar Taluk Panchayat have alleged that officials of the Watershed Development Department have misappropriated a large amount of funds under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) by executing work that was of poor quality.

At a meeting here on Thursday, a member, Mahadev, requested the president of the taluk panchayat to allow members to discuss the misappropriation of funds under the NREGA. He said that officials of the Watershed Development Department had taken up works in many villages of Chamarajanagar taluk. He said that all the completed works were substandard, and a bill of Rs. 10 lakh had been submitted to the taluk panchayat for approval. He alleged that the officials had violated the norms of the NREGA. Mr. Mahadev urged executive officer of the taluk panchayat M. Krishna Kumar not to approve the bill.

Another member, Shivaswamy, alleged that the departments of Horticulture and Forests had taken up schemes under the NREGA in certain villages and were utilising machinery to carry out work. He urged the panchayat to take action against the officials responsible.

Akshara Dasoha scheme

The members also urged the panchayat to suspend officials in charge of the Akshara Dasoha scheme for failing to implement it properly. They alleged that the officials had failed to take action against those who discriminated against others while implementing the scheme in rural areas.

Another member, Bangaru, urged the panchayat to take action to either cancel licences or shift liquor shops that had come up in Chandakavadi village.

The members expressed concern over the absence of some officials at the meeting. To this, Mr. Kumar said that a letter would be sent to the higher authorities to take disciplinary action against the erring officials.