Sunday, February 8, 2015

MGNREGS: RS4.79L SHIFTED TO FAKE ACCOUNTS IN B’NGIR Monday, 09 February 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

Monday, 09 February 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Even though the Government thought it to be easier and more transparent, the introduction of online system for transfer of MGNREGS wage to workers’ bank account in Balangir district looks to be a futile effort with about Rs 4.79 lakh have allegedly been transferred to unknown and fake accounts.
Acting on an FIR, the Balangir Town police have started investigation by detaining two persons. The money fraudulently transferred through DSC (digital signature certificate) includes Rs 1,51,855 of the Forest Department and Rs 3,27,072 belonging to the Horticulture Department. The transfers have been made at the SBI, Patnagarh branch.
Notably, the Government has introduced the Electronic Fund Management System (EFMS) through which the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) fund will be kept in the central account of the State Government. The DSCs are issued in the name of two officials, namely account officer and drawing and disbursal officer, for transfer of any kind of expenditure relating to MGNREGS.
Hence, DSCs of the two officials are required for money transfer. “In MGNREGA website, we found names of some unknown persons against whom payment was released in last October. We immediately reported the matter to the Project Director, District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), Balangir who inquired into the matter. All these transactions have been made at the SBI, Patnagarh branch,” said Deputy Director of Horticulture, Balangir, Ranjan Das Mahapatra,
A few months ago in Belpada block, Rs 3 lakh of MGNREGS fund was found to be misappropriated. An inquiry was done and the Computer Programmer (CP) was disengaged from job after being found guilty.   “Two persons have been detained in this connection and we are inquiring into the case,” said ASP Jugal Kishore to our correspondent. 

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