KOLKATA: Days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ordered her partymen to return any bribes they may have taken from the public, a local TMC leader on Tuesday returned the money he had extracted from job seekers.
TMC’s booth president at Chatra in Birbhum district Trilochan Mukherjee returned Rs 1,641 each to 141 villagers who sought jobs under the MGNREGA scheme.
This is the first such ‘refund’ of the ‘cut money’ (commission) collected from beneficiaries of the government’s welfare schemes.
“I took the money to carry out the party’s activities in the area. Since the CM asked us to refund the money, I returned the money,” said Mukherjee.
Corrupt TMC leaders have come under pressure after Mamata asked the police to act against leaders and elected representatives if there are complaints against them.
Gyanwant Singh, ADG (law and order) said FIRs would be lodged under IPC Section 409, which deals with criminal breach of trust by public servants. This is a non-bailable offence.
District magistrates have been asked to fix a day every week to hear common people’s grievances on ‘cut money’ or any other issues. Sources said the grievances would be heard every Monday.