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Central schemes: Misappropriation of funds alleged

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Sept 1 � Voluntary organisation Assam Public Works (APW) has lodged an FIR with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) against the Nodal Director of the Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojana (RKVY) and Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India (BGREI) schemes, alleging misappropriation of the money allocated against these schemes.

In its FIR lodged with the ADGP, CID, the voluntary organisation has alleged that during 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14, though the State received an amount of over Rs 700 crore from the Central Government for implementation of the RKVY and BGREI schemes, it had not implemented any of the schemes. However, the Director of the Agriculture Department issued orders to supply items for implementation of both the RKVY and BGREI schemes during those years.

On perusal of the documents obtained through an RTI application, it was found that an amount of over Rs 700 crore was received by the State during the period mentioned above, and the Director of the department issued orders for supply of items to implement both the schemes. Moreover, annexures 5 and 6 were not there in the guidelines for the BGREI schemes and the printed pages were altered with hand-written words and numbers, among others.

On-the-spot studies of the sites and social audit conducted in certain constituencies of the State where it was claimed that the RKVY and BGREI schemes were implemented, led to the revelation that there was no existence of any beneficiary under the aforesaid schemes. This led to the doubt that huge amounts of funds received under the schemes had been misappropriated by officials of the implementing agencies of the RKVY and BGREI schemes in connivance with the suppliers with forged and false documents, said the APW in its FIR.

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