VLW suspended, BDO shifted for IAY irregularities

Published: 06th March 2013 12:31 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th March 2013 12:31 PM   |  A+A-

A village level worker (VLW) has been placed under suspension while Remuna BDO shifted to Collectorate for their alleged involvement in IAY irregularities in Balasore district.

On the direction of the Secretary of Panchayati Raj Department, Collector Ranjit Kumar Mohanty suspended VLW Biswajit Mohanty and transferred BDO Akuli Mallick.

The action was taken after a preliminary inquiry into the irregularities in Remuna block where residents of other blocks were sanctioned IAY houses and paid the funds in advance.

Collector said further investigation is on and the final report would be submitted to the Government in a few days. A report on the scam was published in these columns. It was alleged that one Sk Gofar, who had been residing in Betnoti area of Mayurbhanj district since last eight years, was allotted an IAY house on December 31, 2010 and in documents, he was cited as a resident of Jankharai village in Chasakhand panchayat of Remuna block.

Similarly, Sk Hasimuddin, a resident of Kulkunda for the last 10 years, was also sanctioned an IAY house. The accused BDO, however, refuted the allegation.

Meanwhile, the Vigilance Department has initiated a probe into the irregularities in the housing scheme. Vigilance Inspector Umesh Panda said documents pertaining to Mo Kudia and IAY schemes and the beneficiaries during 2010-11 and 2011-12 have been seized for verification.

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