|Asif Iqbal Naik|
Early Times Report
kishtwar, May 18: The deep rooted corruption in the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj could be gauged from the fact that a village level worker (VLW) and his son-in-law are calling the shots there.
Both the officer and his son-in-law have even taken the senior officials including the BDOs for a ride as they are enjoying patronage of different political parties, sources told Early Times.
They said there are several complaints of fraud and corruption pending against the duo. But being powerful, the duo was never punished. The sources said the duo has accumulated huge property including a palatial house in the heart of Kishtwar town.
The sources said that the VLW managed to engage his son-in-law in the department as Gram Rozgar Sevak many years ago.
Both of them are "involved in embezzlement worth crores of rupees in MGNREGA wherein they had withdrawn material cost against non-existing firms/works," said the sources.
"Besides, they were also invo
ved in selling departmental material including cement to private parties," they said.
Both of them are involved in embezzlement worth crores of rupees in MGNREGA wherein they had withdrawn material cost against non-existing firms/works.
Besides, they were also involved in selling departmental material including cement to private parties.
The sources said that the VLW initially told his colleagues that the junior partner is a driver with him who ferries him to different areas of Panchayats.
The sources said that despite his transfer, the VLW manages his posting in a particular area. Out of his around 25 year service in RDD, the VLW served more than 15 years in that particular area.
The sources said despite several complaints by several people with DC Kishtwar, ADC Kishtwar and many BDOs, no action was initiated against the duo.
The sources said that a retired female BDO was also cheated by the duo and robbed of her legitimate money. The sources said that despite several request made by the ailing retired female BDO, the GRS did not return him the money which he swindled. meanwhile, people have demanded setting of high level inquiry against the duo to probe the corruption charges leveled against them from time to time by the people.