Staff Correspondent

BIDAR: Residents of Chatnalli village in Bidar taluk have alleged that funds have been misappropriated under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).

A delegation from Chatnalli village submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner Harsh Gupta on Saturday. The residents alleged that the gram panchayat officials such as the secretary, junior engineer, president and vice-president had colluded in the misappropriation of money which was to the tune of about Rs. 10 lakh.

The memorandum said that the gram panchayat officials had forged signatures of about 600 labourers to draw money from Prathamika Krishi Patina Bank. An amount ranging between Rs. 4,000 and Rs. 6,000 had been deposited in each labourer’s name. The memorandum also said that under the Bharat Nirman Scheme in 2006-07, gross misappropriation of money had taken place in the gram panchayat. There were malpractices in allotment of houses under the Ashraya Scheme and the panchayat members had allotted houses to their families.

They alleged that Bagdal police refused to register the complaint against the gram panchayat on June 19 and the residents had urged Mr. Gupta to visit the village and provide justice to them.

On the complaint of the residents, Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer J. C. Prakash suspended Shivraj Malachapura, Chatnalli gram panchayat secretary, and Mallikarjun Patil, junior engineer.

According to Mr. Prakash, the bank’s secretary was absconding after the residents made the allegation.

Mr. Gupta told The Hindu that a team of officials would be formed in a couple of days to conduct an inspection in the village. A report would be sent to the State Government.