Tuesday, May 30, 2017

FIR lodged against erring RD & PR officials

E-Pao.net: Imphal,: Tuesday, May 30, 2017.
Police have registered an FIR against several officials of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department for 'fund misappropriation' in the construction of Panchayat Ghar under Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan (RGPSA) scheme.
According to sources, a sum of Rs 15 lakh was sanctioned each for four Gram Panchayats for construction of Panchayat Ghar under the scheme.
An RTI was filed by one Ayekpam Keshorjit of Haobam Marak Irom Leikai to Director/SPIO of RD @ PR on January 5, 2015 seeking information on the construction of Panchayat Ghar under RGPSA scheme.
The RTI activist had asked the names of Gram Panchayats of Imphal East and Imphal West covered by the scheme and how much amount was sanctioned to each of the Gram Panchayats.
The Department provided the information sought by him on January 22 and February 5, the sources said.
The RTI applicant then filed a written missive in the Department on February 13 last praying for allowing him to inspect Panchayat Ghars constructed in four Gram Panchayats in Imphal East and Imphal West.
Acting on his plea, the Department allowed him to inspect the Panchayat Ghars along with an AE and two SOs of the Department on April 15 .
The four Gram Panchayats where Panchayat Ghars were constructed are Naoriya Pakhanglakpa, Mongsangei, Bamon Kampu and Khurai Chingangbam Leikai.
The inspection revealed that the construction failed to follow components, measurement specifications and other laid-out guidelines.
The construction was supposed to be completed within six months.
Not happy with the construction, the RTI activist lodged a complaint with the police stations concerned urging to take up action against those erring officials of the Department.
As for Mongsangei and Naoriya Pakhanglakpa, Singjamei police registered an FIR against an AE and two SOs of RD & PR on May 24 .
The FIR was registered under Section 409/420/34 of Indian Penal Code, added the sources.