Himachal: Roads not built under MNREGA, payment made, Rs 4.89 lakh to be recovered from Mahila Pradhan

Brajeshwar Saki

Dehra (Kangra). Gram Panchayat Dayal of Pragpur block of Dehra sub-division of Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh is making a lot of headlines these days. Here Pradhan Mamta Devi did not build the roads and also paid for them. This has been revealed in the social audit.

In fact, according to Pragpur Block Development Officer Virendra Kaushal, the head of Gram Panchayat Dayal has been found guilty in the social audit due to irregularities in the work done under MNREGA head year 2022-23. For this, he issued a notice to Gram Panchayat Pradhan Dayal and made a recovery of Rs 4 lakh 89 thousand 842. Also, instructions have been issued to deposit it in the account of Himachal Pradesh Vice Chairman Ruler Department Society, Shimla Himachal Pradesh.

Gram Panchayat Dayal head Mamta Devi also came forward and held a press conference on the allegations. Pradhan Mamta Devi and Block Committee member Ranjana Dhiman have denied all the allegations. Pradhan Mamta Devi accused the Deputy Pradhan and said that it was he who had committed this mistake. He said that the Deputy Chief is close to the MLA and the MLA also has a hand in this matter. She will complain to higher authorities in this matter and will also approach the court.

Pradhan has also taken the names of many employees in this matter. He said that it also has Panchayat Secretary, Technical, GRS and JE. The head is not alone in any work, whereas all the employees work together. Pradhan said that these employees together have committed irregularities in this matter.

He said that the Panchayat Secretary has got the fake bills paid. Technical has verified the fake works. GRS has prepared reports of fraudulent activities and JE has passed bills for fraudulent activities. Pradhan said that action should be taken against these employees. He said that these employees have misused the Panchayat funds. Pradhan said that he had complained about this to the Block Development Officer, Block Pragpur nine months ago, but no action was taken on his complaint. On the contrary, they are being punished for complaining.

Himachal: Roads not built under MNREGA, payment made, Rs 4.89 lakh to be recovered from Mahila Pradhan

The matter came to light in social audit – BDO

Deputy head Ajay Kumar Jaffa said that these allegations are baseless. He said that only the Pradhan has financial powers. Here he and MLA Hoshiar Singh are being deliberately dragged into the matter. Regarding the matter, Block Development Officer Block Pragpur Virendra Kaushal said that this matter has come to light in the social audit. He said that no action is being taken in this matter only after investigation. Pradhan was found guilty in the social audit due to irregularities in the work done under MNREGA head year 2022-23. A notice has been issued and recovery of Rs 4 lakh 89 thousand 842 has been made.

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