Meghalaya: Resident complains against continued bifurcation of Village Employment Council
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Meghalaya: Resident complains against continued bifurcation of Village Employment Council

The C&RD Block of Demdema, once again came to the forefront after a resident of Chibinang complained against the BDO, for continuing to split the numerously bifurcated Village Employment Council

TURA:

The Community & Rural Development (C&RD) Block of Demdema, once again came to the forefront after a resident of Chibinang complained against the Block Development Officer, for continuing to split the numerously bifurcated Village Employment Council (VEC).

While there were supposed to be only 4 VECs under the village of Moulakandi in Chibinang, the current bifurcation increases the number to a mammoth nine.

In a complaint to the Deputy Commissioner of West Garo Hills (WGH), Ram Singh, Mozidur Rehman, informed that as per 2017 order by the Meghalaya Rural Employment Society (MRES), the original VEC had been broken into four parts namely – Lower, South, North Moulakandi and Pakirpara.

Rehman alleged that the continual breaking of the VEC has allowed for corruption to dig deep into MGNGEGS schemes, with the VECs now becoming a hub for it.

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“He has divided these VECs into 2 each, comprising just about 70-80 job cards, except the part 4 VEC, without following proper guidelines. He made these on a selection basis and there were no elections,” alleged Mozidur.

Rehman further added that most often the BDO and office functionaries are absent leading to problems while adding that the BDO had been charge-sheeted on corruption activities but no action had been taken against him as yet.

“He even has to pay ₹ 22,000 as fine by the Meghalaya Information Commission for providing information late, but there has been no improvement,” he alleged.

Rehman has now sought action against the BDO, PR Sangma so that all issues raised by the people of the area are addressed.

(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)

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