Last updated on: January 20, 2020 at 11:53 pm IST
Dimapur, January 20: Annoyed by the way the district administration has been handling the case of a ‘clear corruption’ involving more than Rs 4 crores, the Diphupar Community’s Chairman Forum (DCCF) and Diphupar Village Fact Finding & Action Committee (DVFFAC) on Monday said it is prepared now to approach the court as repeated attempts made to resolve the issue is being met with injustice.
Addressing a press conference here today, DCCF said the case first came to light in 2017 when it was found that 33 persons, which included village council members, GBs and VDB management committee, misappropriated Rs 1,10,50,000 meant for village development. Consequently, DCCF filed a complaint with the EAC Chumukedima and on April 30, 2018, in an interim order, each of the 33 persons were asked to submit Rs 2,00,000 each within 30 days.
The money was duly paid only to be revealed later that instead of being funded individually, the amount was, according to DCCF and DVFFAC, siphoned from the VDB fund, leading to further corruption and misappropriation.
In an attempt to resolve the issue amicably within the village, a general body meeting (GBM) convened by DVC appointed auditors to audit the financial accounts of income and expenditures on April 15, 2019, the findings of which were later dismissed by DVC citing bias.
The rejection of the report led to the formation of the 9-membered DVFFAC, representing all the major tribes of Diphupar. It was agreed that the findings and recommendations of the DVFFAC would be final and binding. On August 24, 2019, DVFFAC tabled its report and it was found that the total misappropriation of village funds is more than Rs 4 crores, which included mostly the misuse of MGNREGA funds.
Upon not arriving at any solution to the issue, on November 2, 2019, the DCCF, DVFFAC and auditors lodged a joint complaint to the EAC Chumukedima asking appropriate action against the “DVC and ex-VDB secretary and colleagues” and in response, EAC Chumukedima in a letter to DC Dimapur dated November 4, 2019, said the joint complaint had “been duly examined and observed that the case is in the jurisdiction of the MGNREGA Ombudsman, Dimapur District, as mandated under section 30, schedule 1 of MGNREGA Act.” Between December 2019 and January 2020, the members of the DCCF and DVFFAC said they approached the DC four times relating to the issue, but the issue remained the same and no actions were taken. When the members approached the DC for the fourth time in the first week of January, it was found that the case was endorsed to EAC (Sadar).
According to the DCCF members, they approached then the EAC (Sadar), only to learn that it was actually transferred to SDO (Sadar). The SDO assured, on being approached, that he would be calling both the parties and the issue would be resolved within a week. Yet after more than two weeks, we are still waiting to be summoned by the SDO, they said.
Irked by the delaying tactics of the district administration to solve the issue of a village, and suspecting a scheme, the DCCF and DVFFAC said it is now prepared to approach the court. The members condemned the way the case was handled by the administration and appealed to the Government to take action against the persons involved. (Page News Service)