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‘Funds meant for SCs, STs development diverted’

Dalit leader Raju Patti addressing presspersons at the Reporters’ Guild in Raichur on Wednesday.— PHOTO: SANTOSH SAGAR

Dalit leader Raju Patti addressing presspersons at the Reporters’ Guild in Raichur on Wednesday.— PHOTO: SANTOSH SAGAR  

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Dalit group accuses Raichur MLA, Deputy Commissioner of misuse

Karnataka Dalit Sangharsha Samiti (Bhimavada) has alleged irregularities in utilising the MLA development funds in Raichur constituency.

Addressing mediapersons at the Reporters’ Guild here on Wednesday, Raju Patti, district organising convener of the organisation, alleged that the funds meant for development work in the areas inhabited by Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes were illegally diverted to develop other areas. He held Raichur MLA Shivaraj Patil and Deputy Commissioner S. Sasikanth Senthil responsible for “misuse” of funds.

“The certified information obtained under Right to Information Act and our spot visits clearly show that the funds meant for SCs and STs area are used in other areas where these backward sections are not living. Mr. Patil is behind the misuse of funds. The Deputy Commissioner, who is a nodal officer for MLA grants, should have ensured that the funds were used for their intended purpose,” he said. Mr. Patti said that he would lodge a complaint with the Assembly Speaker against the MLA and another one with the Regional Commissioner against the Deputy Commissioner.

“If these competent authorities do not act upon, we will mobilise Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes communities against the administration for depriving the backward sections of their legitimate development work,” he said.

Mr. Patti also charged that the quality of work taken up with MLA grants was poor. “The poor quality is suggestive of rampant corruption,” he added.

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