ATR on MNREGA scam report to be available on website by Dec-end: Govt

Patna,(BiharTimes): The Action Taken Report (ATR) in the alleged Rs 6,000 crore MNREGA scam in Bihar would be made available on the government website by the month-end.
Replying to a two-hour special debate on the alleged scam in the pre-lunch session of the Bihar Legislative Council, the Rural Works minister Nitish Mishra said on Tuesday that FIRs had been lodged against 200 people, including 47 mukhiyas, and 176 MNREGA workers. Nineteen programme coordinators were dismissed during the last six months.

Though he questioned the motive of the Centre for Environment and Food Security (CEFS) yet he said within 24 hours of the release of its performance audit report alleging a scam of Rs 6,000 crore in MNREGA in Bihar the state government ordered probe in each of the sample villages spread over 10 districts.

Nitish Mishra said over the last six months, the government had conducted random surprise checks of panchayats by a deputy collector-rank official. Out of the total 8,436 panchayats, inspections have been made in 3,416. Show-cause notices have been served to 2,411 panchayat sevaks.

The minister did not completely rule out corruption in MNREGA but added that the Delhi-based NGO had blown it out of proportion. It is not a Bihar-specific case but a national phenomenon.

According to him even in a state like Kerala, there were reports of financial irregularities in MNREGA. There is a systemic weakness in the scheme.

The RJD and Congress members staged walk out.




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