Nishikant Dubey interacts with villagers in Saraiyahat, Dumka, on Thursday. Picture by Rajesh Kumar Pandey
Dumka, Nov. 11: Godda MP Nishikant Dubey today said that corruption continued to rule the roost in Jharkhand with implementation of government schemes left much to be desired.
The firebrand BJP leader’s observation came after concluding a weeklong tour of his parliamentary constituency yesterday. Dubey visited nearly 200 villages of Dumka and Godda districts.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Dubey said the masses were yet to benefit from social security schemes run by the central and the state governments due to a strong nexus between bureaucrats and local bichoulias (middlemen) who siphoned off public money.
“The role of public representatives, including MLAs and newly elected rural bodies, is under the scanner for their indifference towards the status of development and social security schemes,” Dubey added.
The MP said that he alerted officials and ministers seeking stern action against those responsible for depriving the people of the benefits of schemes.
“The extent of financial embezzlement in social security schemes can be gauged from the fact that the anganwadi kendras at Paraspani and Gangta villages of Pathargama block in Godda were found shut when I visited yesterday, but the names of all the children figured in attendance registers,” Dubey said.
He added that similar situation prevailed in other pockets of his constituency, pointing to large-scale corruption in execution of centrally sponsored schemes.
Dubey also claimed that no other MP had visited around 90 per cent of the 200 villages in the two districts, prompting people in large numbers to complain about government schemes to him.
“Such a situation demands lodging FIRs against district officials and their subordinates involved in the execution of MGNREGS, old age pension scheme, Indira Awas Yojana, education schemes, health services, et al,” he said, promising to take up the matter with the Centre and the state government.
Dubey also plans to visit parts of Deoghar falling under his constituency and submit a detailed report on the status of government schemes to the Centre and the state.
Notably, the MP recently hogged the limelight by launching an indefinite hunger strike in Deoghar in protest of underdevelopment in his constituency, much to the dismay of the BJP-led state government.