CBI probe into MGNREGA in all Orissa districts demanded
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 16:50
Bhubaneswar: With the CBI inquiring into alleged corruption in the MGNREGA in six Orissa districts at the direction of the Supreme Court, the Congress on Wednesday demanded that it cover all 30 districts.

"Corruption in the implementation of MGNREGA is rampant in all the 30 districts. Therefore, the CBI investigation should cover the entire state instead of being restricted to six districts," state Congress Working President L B Mohapatra told reporters here.

A PIL would shortly be filed in the apex court to urge it to order investigation in all districts in Orissa instead of six districts, he said.

Mohapatra alleged that work orders in the name of engineers and government employees were issued in all 30 districts in gross violation of rules framed for the implementation of MGNREGA.

According to rules, work orders should not be issued in the name of junior engineers, but to the Gram Rozgar Sanjojak, he said.

A CBI team arrived in the state from Delhi yesterday. It was initially carrying out investigations in Rayagada, Kalahandi and Koraput districts. It will take up cases in three other districts in the second phase.

The CBI on May 12 was directed by the Supreme Court to probe the alleged corruption in the rural job scheme.

The court gave the direction while disposing a PIL filed by a Delhi-based NGO which alleged an about Rs 500 crore scam in implementation of MGNREGA in the state.

The CBI had been directed to submit its preliminary investigation report within six months.

The state government has provided police officers, nodal officers in each district and vehicles at the disposal of the CBI team.


First Published: Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 16:50

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