Corruption penetrates into VDB

Corruption penetrates into VDB

Kohima, April 25: Corruption in the State has penetrated into the institution of Village Development Board (VDB) at a time when the Government is emphasising more on development in the rural areas through this institution.
Of late several reports have come from villages over alleged misappropriation of VDB funds and there is a rush for some people to occupy the chair in the VDB just with one objective – to fill their coffers.
Misappropriation of fund has surfaced at a time when Government is contemplating to release all backlogs.
Recently another alleged misappropriation of VDB fund by some people in Diphupar village in Dimapur came to light. For this the administration has summoned people who were allegedly involved in siphoning public fund amounting to Rs 1,10,50,000 (Rs One crore ten lakhs and Fifty thousand).
Thejavizo Nakhro, Extra Assistant Commission (EAC), Chumukedima in a summon letter issued on April 21, 2018 has directed village authorities to appear before the Government on April 30, 2018 at 11 am, at Chumukedima Town Council Hall for hearing.
“In the case of the complaint filed by Diphupar Communities Chairman Forum (DCCF) against the Diphupar Village Council, GBs and Management Committee members of Diphupar VDB regarding misappropriation of funds meant for the village development, Notice is hereby issued to the following persons to appear before the undersigned on 30th of April 2018 at 11 am, Chumukedima Town Council Hall for hearing,” the summon letter stated.
The EAC has summoned chairman of all VCMs of Diphupar Village Council, Head GB and all GBs of Diphupar village, secretary and all Management Committee members of the village, chairman and two executive members each of Angami, Ao, Chakhesang, ENPO, Lotha, Rengma, Rongmei, Sumi, Tangkhul community.
VDB Secretary has been directed to deposit all files including updated bank account, Passbook, Master roll, all registers and documents maintained by VDB etc to EAC Office on or before April 27 for scrutiny.
Earlier on April 16, EAC Thejavizo also issued a show cause notice to the village authorities.
“Whereas a representation against the Diphupar Vilage Council (DVC), GBs and the Management Committee Members of the Diphupar VDB regarding misappropriation of funds meant for the village development is received from the Diphupar Communities Chairmen Forum (DCCF), Dated 13/4/2018,” the notice stated.
The notice further stated that in the representation the DCCF has alleged that the village council, GBs and Management Committee members of VDB have misused and misappropriated village developmental funds by distributing among them.
“And whereas such charges if found to be true is a serious offence and are liable for disciplinary action including disqualification as per Section 16(4) of the Nagaland Village and Tribal Councils Act, 1978 and ors,” the notice added.
The Diphupar village authorities were directed to show cause in writing within five days as to why further action should not be initiated against them. (Page News Service)