Sonia enquires about irregularities in MNREGA payment
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 23:52
Rae Bareli: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday dropped at the house of a village head to enquire about alleged irregularities in payments for works under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) here.

"During her unscheduled visit to rural areas of her parliamentary constituency, Gandhi, while attending a meeting, received complaints regarding alleged irregularities in MNREGA against gram pradhan of Khajuriya village," party sources said.

The villagers informed her that the village head was creating problems in payment of wages. "Taking a serious note of the complaint, Gandhi took a detour and reached the village head's house in Khajuria to enquire about the reality," they said. However, she could not meet her as he was not present.

Later, the UPA Chairperson asked the block development officer to look into the matter and do the needful to ensure regular payments to the workers.

On the second day of her three-day visit to Rae Bareli, Gandhi took an extensive tour of the villages and took feedback on the ongoing developmental works related to Centre-backed schemes.

She also asked her staff to take up the matter with the officers concerned.

A delegation from the under-construction Rail Coach Factory at Lalganj apprised her of the progress of the ambitious project. Separate delegations from the Rajiv Gandhi Petroleum Institute and ITI also informed her about various works being undertaken.

Earlier in the day, she inaugurated various projects, including road schemes under PMGSY. She performed rituals and inaugurated 10 road projects covering a distance of 32.165 km constructed under PMGSY at a cost of Rs 10.58 crores at Bela Tikari village.

Gandhi also attended a function organised at Kajjiyana village by UCO bank in association with Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojna to disburse loan among self-help groups (SHGs).

Gandhi distributed cheques of Rs 2.5 lakh each provided by the bank at an interest rate of four per cent among the SHGs. She also handed over cheques of similar amount for Kajjiyana and Khalispur each for solar energy programme. These villages have been adopted by the UCO Bank.

She toured villages like Chichamau, Maharani ka Purwa, Khajuri, Tikari Ghazipur and Daulat ka Purwa. "People apprised Gandhi of their problems, including eratic power supply and shortage of potable water," they said.


First Published: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 23:52

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