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TURA | SEPT 27, 2020:
Various job cardholders recently filed two Lokayukta cases against the 'alleged inaction' concerning multiple cases of corruption by office-bearers of the Village Employment Council (VEC).
The villages of Nayagaon (I and II) and Shialkandi (Nayagaon) also accused the Block Development Officer (BDO) of Demdema C&RD Block, P.R. Sangma, of ignoring their complaints and for failing to act on the order by West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner in filing the FIRs against the VEC leaders.
Ten cases of corruption by the VECs under Demdema Block were reported and resulted in an investigation under the Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) of Dadenggre. Police also launched a separate investigation as directed by the Lokayukta.
The petitioners stated that the VEC leaders even resorted to threats when they asked for their wages.
"We had no other option than to approach the Lokayukta, as the BDO was adamant in not taking action against the guilty VEC leaders. He did not even file the government order for the FIRs. We now seek justice from the Lokayukta," said one petitioner, Zakir Hussain.
"Wages were withdrawn under the names of deceased people (10 in Nayagoan I&II) and (9 in Shialkandi), the VEC office bearers signed on their accounts. Many job cardholders (52 in Nayagaon 1&2) and (40 in Shialkandi) were not paid their wages, despite their complaints to authorities," they added.
The complainants said that they withdrew the money in their names despite them not receiving a penny.
They also accused the BDO, PR Sangma, of not holding elections for VEC representatives despite the norm.
Sangma allegedly showed them as elected, even though they never held elections or meetings.
"Even when the VEC secretaries were suspended, the BDO still allowed them to withdraw wages money. He has been refusing to act against them despite orders to do so. He was asked by the mission coordinator to file a status report in July, but he has shockingly refused to even that," chimed in another petitioner, Ahinur Islam.
The complainants added that despite the order to deposit the money for the job cardholders into their accounts; the authorities failed to do so and paved the way for corruption. They filed the two complaints earlier this week.