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Fresh graft whiff in NREGS

Shillong, Jan. 7: The misuse of funds in Meghalaya under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) has resurfaced with four police complaints against former village employment council (VEC) functionaries.

In the first complaint lodged at Bajengdoba police station in North Garo Hills, Resubelpara block development officer M.D. Arengh alleged that one Senit Sangma, former secretary of the Omorpur council, had misappropriated Rs 1,93,600 under the scheme. In another complaint, Arengh alleged that Donitson Momin, former secretary of Getapara council, had misappropriated Rs 71,200 while Bringing Marak, former secretary of Moamari council, had misappropriated Rs 80,070. The officer alleged that Ether Marak, former secretary of Dengnanggre council, had misappropriated Rs 13,750.

In the past, there have been several instances of alleged irregularities in the implementation of the scheme.

Launched in February 2006, the scheme aims at guaranteeing 100 days of wage-employment in a financial year to a rural household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work.

Last month, Meghalaya launched the electronic benefit transfer system to aid in the delivery of wages.

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