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VILLAGERS LOCK ANGANWADI CENTRE IN BALANGIR Friday, 21 November 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

VILLAGERS LOCK ANGANWADI CENTRE IN BALANGIR
Friday, 21 November 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Villagers of Bandhkeda of Chikalbahal gram panchyat under Balangir block have kept their village Anganwadi Centre (AWC) locked since long alleging that Anganwadi Worker Rashmita Behera with help of a ‘fake’ ward member Chandrakala Tripathy has been embezzling Government funds since long.
“Even though two years have passed since the Agnanwadi Centre set up in the village, it is yet to start functioning. But the Anganwadi Worker along with a fake ward member have opened a joint a pass book in the name of the Anganwaid Centre and are withdrawing Government money,” villagers said in a petition submitted to district Collector M Muthukumar.
The joint pass book has been opened in the local branch of the Axis Bank in the name of Anganwadi Worker Behera and Chandrakala as Ward Member while the real Ward Member is Rajkumari Behera, they informed.
The money comes from Government for providing food to women, children and others is being withdrawn by the two. They have also been submitting false bills in support of their withdrawal, villagers alleged further. The whole thing came to light after one Siba, a NGO worker, discussed elected Ward Member Rajkumari about the power and function of a Ward Member in management of the ICDS on September 15. Knowing about the illegalities, Rajkumari shot up a protest letter to the Axis Bank Balangir Branch seeking clarification on alleged forged account. Then villagers submitted a petition to the Collector and a complaint in the Tusura police station.
Balangir Sub-Collector BB Bhola and Sadar block CDPO also conducted an inquiry into this matter. “While no action was taken against Chandrakala and Rashmita, we have kept the Anganwadi centre locked,” said a villager.

Action will be taken against the Anganwadi Worker and the other if found guilty as per the law, Collector Muthukumar told our correspondent over phone.

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