SHILLONG, Sept 22 - The Civil Society Women�s Organisation (CSWO) has accused the Sordar (traditional head) of Raid Kyrdem, Pholning Makdoh of withholding money from villagers granted under Central Government schemes and demanded action against him.
Raid Kyrdem is a village in Ri-Bhoi district and the CSWO alleges that Makdoh has not distributed the money to the villagers from the Total Sanitary Campaign (TSC) scheme.
�The Sordar has asked the villagers to immediately construct the toilets under the TSC scheme at their own cost and money will be paid later. He also threatened that if they do not construct the toilets they will lose out on their ration under the National Food Security Act and will also not get to vote,� Agnes Kharshiing, president CSWO, said.
Some of the villagers, because of the diktat, have taken private loans from ginger dealers and constructed the toilets. Others have made temporary toilets �out of fear.�
�The Sordar has also instructed villagers to tell officials they have received the scheme fund meant for toilets,� Agnes claimed.
Makdoh was also the headman of Klew village. The village �do not get the benefit� of the MNREGA.
Moreover, the village is without electricity and proper roads. �Further, it is seen that a newly-constructed footpath, in Upper Klew, has a width of just over two feet and poorly constructed,� the CSWO president said. Condemning the actions of Makdoh �who has been misusing his power and usurping the Government schemes,� the CSWO demanded an inquiry into the TSC scheme.