Khag residents allege bungling in TSP, NREGA
Want social audit; ACD concedes demand
R M BHAT
Budgam, Jan 29: The inhabitants of Malpora and its adjoining areas in Khag block of central Kashmir’s Budgam district have alleged bungling in the implementation of Total Sanitation Programme (TSP), demanding a social audit into it and other works executed by the Rural Development Department.
Under TSP, each household is provided Rs 2200 for construction of a lavatory.
These alleged bunglings, according to the resident came to fore after some youth obtained records pertaining to TSP implementation in Malpora and adjoining areas of Khag block from the local BDO office under Right to Information Act (RTI Act).
“The records pertaining to 2008, 2009, 2010 reveal that each beneficiary has been provided Rs 2200 for construction of lavatory, but they have received only Rs 700 each,” said Gulzar Ahmad Dar a local.
“Some families have even been provided mere Rs 500,” he added.
“It has been shown that 49 lavatories have been constructed in Malpora village, but only 15 such lavatories exist,” Gulzar added.
According to the locals, there has been large scale corruption in the implementation of NREGA and other schemes of Rural Development department in the village.
“We appeal to the district administration to conduct a social audit in our area so as to expose the corrupt practices of the officials of Rural Development department. The State Vigilance Organisation must also take cognizance of this issue as bungling in these schemes have been done in other villages of Khag block,” Muhammad Yousuf Mir added.
Will conduct Social Audit: ACD Budgam
When contacted, Assistant Commissioner Development (ACD) Budgam, Qazi Sarwar said, “I will look into the matter.”
Qazi assured that he will himself conduct a social audit in the area so that the locals get justice and real culprits are identified and punished if any bungling is proved.
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