NREG funds misuse; 17 Gram Panchayat Secretaries suspended
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 10, 2011, 20:34
Shimoga(Karna): Seventeen gram panchayat secretaries have been suspended and notices issued to eight panchayat members on charge of misusing funds totalling Rs 40 lakh provided for implementing the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in the district, an official said.

Criminal cases have been filed against four gram panchayat members, District Ombudsman appointed to oversee the scheme's implementation, Venkatesh told reporters here today.

He said out of 71 complaints received during 2010-11, 45 have been disposed of. A special squad appointed by Zilla Panchayat will also check the scheme's implementation by all gram panchayats in their respective areas.

Out of the total outlay of Rs 122 crore sanctioned for the year, the district has spent 61.5 crore till date. Sorab taluk tops the list in spending and Theerthahlli is in the last position. There are 1,79, 475 job card holders in the district with total beneficiaries of 4,75,550.

As per the Union Government's norms every registered family will get 100 days of work with a wage of Rs 125 per day. He said many are not coming forward to avail this benefit in some parts of the district due to availability of work with higher wages in their area.


First Published: Thursday, March 10, 2011, 20:34

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