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Over Rs 1 crore sanctioned for village development misused?

The government has provided a total of 33 developmental works since 2017 for the development of Toubul village till date, but no developmental work has been taken up till date: RTI activist

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 1 Sept 2022, 5:49 am

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A member of Toubul RTI activists group on Wednesday alleged that the Gram Panchayat of Toubul village, Bishnupur district, Manipur has misused a total of Rs 1,55,57,563 which has been issued since 2017 for the development of the village till date.

Speaking at Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul, Imphal, RTI activist Thokchom Ningthemani said that as per an RTI report, the government has provided a total of 33 developmental works since 2017 with a total amount of Rs 1,55,57,563 for the development of the village till date.

However, no developmental work has been taken up besides some repairing and renovation works till date, he alleged.

Instead of working sincerely and bringing progress, the respective gram panchayats of the village have been taking up only a few repairing and renovation activities in order to get approval for sanctioning the amounts, he further alleged.

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Acting on vested interests, the pradhan of the gram panchayat has appointed one Thokchom Bira and Irungbam Mangi as co-opted member of the gram panchayat, he continued.

When he enquired CDO-Block Nambol through RTI, it responded that such posts are available under Indian Constitution, he added.

Ningthemani further appealed to the officials concerned to take necessary action against the said pradhan for allegedly violating the Indian Constitution.

He mentioned that on seeking information regarding the developmental works carried out for the village from 2017 till date, the CD-Block, Nambol provided the list of only 28 works. He further appealed to the authority concerned to take up necessary steps under RTI Act 2005.

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The total amount of Rs 1,55,57,563, which was sanctioned for the development of Toubul village, was misused with corruption, he added.

Moreover, BDO, CD Block, Nambol has not been able to provide proper documents regarding the job card for works carried out under MGNREGA. The people of Toubul will consider such a BDO as incompetent, he added.

He appealed to the state government to look into the matter seriously and to take stringent action against the corrupted persons.

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