Chhattisgarh Speaker orders probe against NGOs in Govt scheme

The Chhattisgarh Speaker has ordered a probe by a House committee into allegations that "ineligible" NGOs were allowed to work under the Govt`s Integrated Watershed Management Programme in violation of rules.

Raipur: The Chhattisgarh Speaker has
ordered a probe by a House committee into allegations that
"ineligible" NGOs were allowed to work under the Government`s
Integrated Watershed Management Programme in violation of
rules.

Mohammed Akbar (Congress) on Wednesday alleged that under
the programme, funds were allotted to NGOs in clear violation
of rules.

Citing an example, he said Shriram Pratisthan Mandal,
a voluntary organisation based in Solapur, Maharashtra, is
being allotted projects worth Rs 7.18 crore under the
watershed management programme in Kabirdham district.

This was done despite the fact that the organisation
had no experience in the watershed management field, he said.

Devjibhai Patel of ruling BJP also raised questions
about implementation of the programme and awarding work to
NGOs without checking their credentials.

Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Ramvichar
Netam said 71 projects have been approved under the scheme
entailing a cost of Rs 341.28 crore.

Seventeen NGOs have been selected to execute the
programme, Netam said, adding they were chosen as per the
guidelines set by the Centre.

However, Congress members, led by Leader of Opposition
Ravindra Choubey, alleged irregularities in award of contracts
under the scheme and demanded a probe.

Netam rejected the charge of corruption in the scheme.
However, Speaker Dharamlal Kaushik announced that the House`s
Questions and Reference Committee will look into the issue.

PTI

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