Monday, October 2, 2023

NPCC alleges misuse of MGNREGA funds

Alleging misuse of MGNREGA funds in the state, the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) Friday claimed that not only was material component misused, but also the wages component.
In a press release, president, K Therie, stated that after induction MGNREGA beneficiaries have never received full 100 days wages nor the material components. Asserting there was also wrong interpretation of convergence fund in the state, NPCC president explained that other department’s development funds can be converted into MGNREGA fund and number of days’ wages can be increased to more than 100 days.
However, Therie said that in Nagaland wage funds were converted into special development activities and MLAs distributing those funds. He claimed that during 2020-2021, Rs. 483.82 lakh MGNREGA funds were released to Nagaland and were drawn. NPCC president claimed that some villages received just seven days’ wages during 2021-2022, which hardly accounted for Rs.60 crore, adding the remaining was siphoned off. Stating that only those with unknown sources of income were thriving in the state, Therie said “they are all money laundering cases. Corruption is rampant for the last 20 years.”
Meanwhile, Therie said he had “no difficulty in tendering apology to NPF turncoats, those that are clean before God.” Therie said he did not have evidence because of blank cheque system. However, he claimed that some were complaining that only Rs. 3 crore was given while Rs. 5 crore was given to others.



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