VLW Suspended, GRS Attached over Alleged Fraudulent Withdrawal of MGNREGA Funds in Lolab

Jahangir Lolabi

Assistant Commissioner Development (ACD) Kupwara has ordered for immediate suspension of a Village Level Worker (VLW) and a Gram Rojgar Sevak (GRS) over alleged fraudulent withdrawal of MGNREGA funds in Lolab.

“During the inspection of Development works of Block Sogam on 14-02-2023, a fraudulent drawl in respect of work “C/o irrigation well NLO Tahir Ajuman Khan” at Panchayat Halqa Takipora-C of Block Sogam has been observed”.

“Prima-facie reveals that an amount of Rs/= 0.059 lacs has been fraudulently drawn and disbursed to the labourers under MGNREGA against the non-existing work by the Secretary Panchayat, Sarpanch and GRS”, reads the order.

“In backdrop of the matter and pending the enquiry, Fida Mohiuddin VLW/Secretary Panchayat, Halqa Teekipora ‘C’, Block Sogam, is hereby put under suspension and attached with Block Development Officer Keran till finalization of enquiry and Zakir Ahmad Pir, GRS of Panchayat Halqa Teekipora ‘C’ Block Sogam is attached with Block Development Officer Keran till finalization of enquiry”, the order said.

An official in the meantime told that the alleged misappropriation pertaining to construction of irrigation well came to fore after authorities found that a geo-tagging was carried out by few officials near the land of one Tahir Anjuman Khan and a particular amount withdrawn, with no such construction however carried out on ground as on date.

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