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Troubled times ahead for mukhiyas in Bihar: special drive to nab Indira Awas Yojana embezzlers!

Troubled times ahead for mukhiyas in Bihar: special drive to nab Indira Awas Yojana embezzlers!

 

 

Indira Awas Yojana: a source of commissions?

Patna: unlike several other departments and officials of the government that show considerable versatility in corruption and embezzlement, the mukhiyas in Bihar suffer from mob psychology! If one mukhiyas sees money in resale of solar lights allotted by the government, mukhiyas from the whole district are likely to do the same with their eyes shut. To give one example, an official in Bihar recently hit upon the novel idea of accepting only vehicles as bribe, as a result of which when the police raided his house recently, they found vehicles of all description and model on the official’s premises.

In the light of such behavior, given the large number of complaints of irregularities in the allotment of houses to people below poverty line (BPL) under Indira Awas Yojana (IAY), the police in Bihar has gone on a special drive.  The state police headquarters has chalked out a detailed plan to go all-out against government officials and public representatives involved in committing irregularities in the allotment of Indira Awas units to the poor.

Director-general of police (DGP) Neel Mani recently told the press ‘I have issued directives to all superintendents of police (SPs) to take up complaints of irregularities in the allotment of Indira Awas units on a priority basis and initiate stringent action against the offenders’. The DGP said instructions have also been issued to launch a special drive against the offenders and arrest them. “We have also asked people to inform the SPs about the touts,” he said, adding that the drive would continue for a week. At a review meeting on law and order last month, chief minister Nitish Kumar told the police ‘Any irregularity in the allotment of houses to the poor cannot be tolerated’.

Neel Mani said the SPs have been told to ensure submission of the chargesheet in the cases related to IAY within the stipulated period so that the offenders cannot take advantage of any lapses. “We are very serious about such complaints and disposal of the cases on a priority basis,” he added.

While the DG of police may sound like a massive fruit-picking drive is on, the corrupt mukhiyas of Bihar are clearly in trouble. The panchayat villagers in Bihar are quick learners. Increasingly now, you just have to ask a question or two and they come out with complaints of embezzlement and all the evidence required, giving an investigator ten times more material he may need for official action.

In brief, a very bad week ahead for those mukhiyas in Bihar who prefer the path of corruption!

 

Background: Official statistics released by the state police headquarters revealed said a total of 401 cases related to IAY had been registered in the state in the past eight months of which chargesheets have been submitted in 181 cases and 566 persons arrested and forwarded to jail. The highest number of cases, 70, was registered in Araria. Motihari stood second with 29 cases followed by Supaul (24), Saharsa (23), Patna (18), Muzaffarpur (16), Katihar (14), Madhubani (14) and Khagaria (10). Majority of the offenders booked in the cases was village heads.

[Courtesy: The Telegraph]

One Response

  1. awadhesh kumar jha says:

    please give me full detail of indira awas yojna now my bpl no.is (10) in gram panchayat malangia madhubani bihar so bacause i dont know my indira awas serial no.

    Thanks regards

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