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KOHIMA, February 27: Reacting to the irregularities detected through RTI in the disbursement of National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS) grants to beneficiaries in the district of Mokokchung during 2014-15 by Para-Legal Volunteers, S. T. Yapang Lkr and Odi Jamir, the Department made a thorough investigation and the erring officers for the bogus beneficiaries made rectification.
The amount was returned to the Directorate and where less payment was made the amount was made in full. The First Appellate Authority, Directorate of Social Welfare Department on February 15, informed this during the hearing.
An amount of Rs. 80,000 for four beneficiaries- two from Longkhum Village and two from Chungtia village drawn against fictitious name of deceased persons was returned to the Directorate.
To those eight beneficiaries given Rs. 10,000 each and four beneficiaries not paid at all, the defaulting officers and staffs recovered the due amount to the deprived beneficiaries and obtained acknowledgment receipt.
It may be mentioned that, families living below the poverty line are entitled to get financial benefits of Rs. 20,000 after the death of the sole breadwinner (male/female) under the NFBS. Any kind of death (Natural or Accidental) will make the family eligible for this assistance. (Page News Service)