TIRUCHY: After a scam was reported in Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in a village in Madurai, highlighted by Express, officials from the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), Tiruchy, have issued a circular to all Block Development Officers (Panchayat) directing them to thoroughly check if the Nominal Muster Roll (NMR) contains only the names of beneficiaries before uploading it in the system.
Further, they have come up with a mechanism wherein officials would conduct random door checking by having NMR before crediting salary. If they come across any malpractice, stern action will be initiated against the village panchayat staff concerned, DRDA warned.
Speaking to Express, V Shankar, Project Director, DRDA, said, “We have instructed all BDOs (panchayats) to upload details of workers after verification. Further, we will send officials once or twice a week to some panchayats randomly to ask some job holders whether or not they worked on particular days and will check with NMR to confirm the same,” he said.
He also warned that action would be initiated, if village panchayat staff indulged in malpractices like signing on behalf of absentees.
BDOs should question panchayat staff in detail before uploading details like workers’ number of days and they also verify the beneficiaries names they have in the record.
Three MGNREGS staff sacked
Madurai: The district administration has dismissed three contract employees of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), Karthick, Vijay and Ambika Devi, who had uploaded fake data in MGNREGS server and swindled `30 lakh. Officials of the Social Audit Society continuing the audit work said that it will take another month to complete their audit work.