Files on irregularities go missing

Files on irregularities go missing

Ziila Panchayat CEO suggests a Lokayukta investigation into the matter

A recommendation for a Lokayukta investigation will be made if the Zilla Panchayat president formally complains that the files on the irregularities in the implementation of the Suvarna Grama Project, said P Rajendra Cholan, chief executive officer of the ZP.

The files contained reports submitted by a team of ZP members who investigated the matter.

Cholan was addressing a general body meeting of the ZP on Friday.

Report from team

The team was formed during the general body meeting in November 2011, in the backdrop of irregularities up to Rs 1.30 crore in the IEC (Information, Education, Communication) programme of the computer training under the Suvarna Grama Project.

The members were also instructed to submit a report in the next general body meeting.
The team was questioned on Friday, when the ZP vice-president D V Harish asked the members why they had failed to include the issue in the agenda for the meeting.

“The contract for the computer training was given to a non-existent company and in this regard, money was drawn from a bank in Doddaballapur. Where is the report on this move? Has any action been taken against the guilty officers?” the vice-president asked.

In response, deputy secretary Badanur said investigation was carried out for 15 days after the team was formed. “Irregularities were discovered in all taluks except Bangarpet. Memoranda have been submitted to the government to register criminal cases against two executive officers,” he added.

Member B Munivekatappa, said he had been told by the staff that the file pertaining to the irregularities had vanished. He sought to know the people responsible for misplacing a file pertaining to the graft involving huge sum.

“Who should be held responsible? Is it the deputy secretary or the chief executive officer?” Munivenkatappa said. Zilla Panchayat president Manjula and member Mangamma too joined him. Badanur clarified that the former chief executive officer Shantappa had informed them that the files were given to the case worker. “I do not know what happened later,” he said.

His reply, however, irked the members further, who alleged that attempts were made to hide irregularities.

They insisted that the matter be handed over to the Lokayukta. “Project files in all taluk panchayats should be confiscated and action against guilty executive officers be recommended,” they urged.Cholan said such a recommendation would be made if the ZP president submitted a complaint.
Waste management

“The Lok Adalat has written to the Zilla Panchayat regarding management of solid waste in rural areas under the Suvarna Grama Project. An action plan will be prepared for Rs 1.80 crore to be implemented in as many as 48 villages with a population more than 2,000. The plan will also consider villages selected under the third phase of the project,” said Cholan. Kittanna, a ZP member, expressed dissatisfaction about the primary health centre at Rajendrahalli in Mulbagal taluk shifted to Koorigepalli in Srinivaspur taluk.

Dr Prakash Kumar, the district health officer, said a proposal has been submitted to open a health centre in Rajendrahalli.

A M Lakshminarayana raised objection that the health centre in Bethamangala has been shifted to Malur.

Krishnappa demanded that additional doctors be appointed at the Boodikote health centre to help during deliveries.

'Include us in Task Force’

The members of the zilla panchayat urged the inclusion of their members in the Task Force, constituted for digging borewells as part of a drought-relief measure  in the district.

The members said: “The borewells are being under the guidance of the legislators.  Even though there is a need for digging borewells in the gram panchayat constituency that we represent, it is not being implemented.  The officers are not reciprocative to this.

If these circumstances prevail than the drinking water crisis in the constituency will not be solved.” ZP president Manjula said that she did not even have the power to approve funds for pump-motor sets.

If the government does not react within 15 days, then we will only take the initiative and implement the decision, ZP vice president D V Harish said.

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