STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Slum dwellers smell scam in Fani aid, file Vig complaint

They threatened to move the Orissa High Court and Lokayukta if no action is initiated by the Vigilance Directorate.

Published: 09th December 2020 09:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th December 2020 09:59 AM   |  A+A-

Cuttack Municipal Corporation

Cuttack Municipal Corporation (File Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

CUTTACK: Slum dwellers of Cuttack have filed a complaint against the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) with the State Vigilance alleging gross irregularities in disbursement of financial assistance among the Fani-hit poor people. 

The slum dwellers led by Akhila Odisha Jhopadpati Mahasangha president Brundaban Azad submitted the complaint on Monday urging authorities of the State’s anti-corruption wing to initiate a probe into the scam. 

According to the complaint, the State government had released funds towards providing financial assistance of Rs 1,000 to each beneficiary covered under National Food Security Act (NFSA) and State Food Security Scheme (SFSS). Accordingly, the civic body received Rs 7.21 crore towards distribution of financial assistance to all eligible beneficiaries. 

CMC in its official record showed that while a sum of Rs  7.09 crore was disbursed among 70,949 beneficiaries, the rest amount of Rs 12.29 lakh could not be disbursed among 1,229 beneficiaries and was returned to the District Civil Supply Officer. Though the CMC officials claimed to have disbursed Rs 1,000 to each beneficiary, the latter actually received Rs 500, alleged the slum dwellers in their complaint. 

To adjust the underpayment, a sum of Rs 3.54 core belonging to the Fani-hit beneficiaries was misappropriated by the civic body officials, the complainants further alleged.  They threatened to move the Orissa High Court and Lokayukta if no action is initiated by the Vigilance Directorate.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp