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Funds misuse glare on ex- sarpanch.

FOR Rati Bai, charity indeed begins at home.

Given the mandate to look after the welfare of the Vera Jetpura village in Sirohi, Rajasthan, she took it upon herself to help her family's fortunes grow.

A special audit conducted by a team led by Shivganj tehsildar Nand Kishore Rajora for the period 2008- 10 revealed that Rati, during her stint as sarpanch of the village, had been involved in a massive financial bungling.

The report stated she illegally issued bearer cheques of about ` 75 lakh to her contractor husband for supplying construction material under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme ( MNREGS).

It also claimed that she had made irregular payments of ` 1.67 crore out of which ` 94.73 lakh was received by Dhira Ram, her husband. Ram was the biggest beneficiary of the works carried out under MNREGS. During 2008- 10, he received ` 66.93 lakh and ` 27.79 lakh respectively, for supplying various types of stones, water tankers and mixers.

The reports said that the panchayat failed to provide entries of stocks and assets, counter slips of cheque books and tenders floated. The present gram sevak, Mahesh Kumar Dave, alleged these documents were not handed over to him. Inquiries revealed that a payment to the tune of ` 4.87 lakh was made for the purpose of road construction where no road existed.

Chief executive officer of the Sirohi zila parishad Dev Anand Mathur said the audit report has already been sent to the state government for action.

Sirohi district collector Shri Ram Meena said that the issue was raised during the recent general council meeting of the zila parishad but its report was still awaited.

However, he asserted that the guilty would not be spared.

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Date:Jan 15, 2011
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