Govt orders probe into alleged NREGA scam in Gujarat

The Centre has ordered an "immediate inquiry" into an alleged Rs 1 crore scam in the payment of wages to NREGA workers in a village of Gujarat.

Updated: Nov 18, 2010, 23:10 PM IST

New Delhi: The Centre has ordered an
"immediate inquiry" into an alleged Rs 1 crore scam in the
payment of wages to NREGA workers in a village of Gujarat.

Union Minister for Rural Development C P Joshi has
directed that the issue should be examined by a National Level
Monitor (NLM) and the report submitted by November 30.

"Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj
Dr C P Joshi has ordered an immediate inquiry into the alleged
irregularities in wage payments under Mahatma Gandhi NREGA in
Kotda village, Kotiyana district in Gujarat," the Ministry
said in a statement.

The directives come close on the heels of a media report
citing allegations of misappropriation of funds related to
wage payments under Mahatma Gandhi NREGA in Kotda village.

"It has been alleged that an e-literate paanwala had
googled to stumble upon Rs one crore scam which revealed that
affluent NRIs, doctors, government officials, teachers and
well-off farmers were shown as MGNREGA beneficiaries for their
labour over the past three years," the Ministry said.

PTI