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Mass agitation over faulty implementation of rural schemes

SILCHAR, Aug 27: It did not come as a surprise when hundreds of agitated supporters of Cachar Zilla Gaon Panchayat Presidents’ Parishad (CZGPPP), after holding a demonstration before the office of the Deputy Commissioner in support of their long pending grievances, ransacked and vandalized the Zilla Parishad office here on Tuesday.
On the following day, Gaon Panchayat vice president Bilal Uddin of Harinagar under Ramkrishna Nagar development block was targeted by a group of miscreants while he was on his way to the office. He was seriously injured while his brother Helal Uddin accompanying him died on the spot.
Both these incidents could well be attributed to the faulty implementation of centrally funded rural schemes and projects, resulting in corruptions galore. Siphoning of unaccounted money by unscrupulous elements at the ZP and GP levels and the equally inefficacy, deliberate or otherwise, of the district administration is antagonizing one group against the other. It is a confusing and chaotic scenario which instead of ameliorating the socio-economic condition of villagers is only adding to rivalry among various groups to have a share in this loot of development funds.
A multi crore scam in Kalain block is a glaring example as unearthed by the AUDF MLA of the area Ataur Rahman Mazarbhuiya. The endless memoranda submitted to administrative heads from time to time by different social, political and union bodies for strict implementation of Panchayat Raj System on the basis of guidelines and procedures have not yielded any result.
The memorandum submitted on last Tuesday to the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar by CZGPPP was an expression of collective anger and resentment for not redressing their grievances. The Parishad leaders alleged that necessary funds and facilities for the economic improvement of poor villages have not yet reached them.
The memorandum signed by the Parishad president Jagajyoti Nath and general secretary Nur Ahmed Barbhuiya pointed out the confusion created by the unwarranted letter by chief executive officer of Cachar Zilla Parishad to all GP presidents to submit the list of beneficiaries of the Indira Awas Yojna for 2009-10 with approval of ZP members in total disregard of the lists prepared by the GPs as per guidelines and procedures.
The memorandum sought the intervention of the Deputy Commissioner in the matter of issuance of jobs cards under NREGS by GP presidents only. But violating the standing norms, it is being done by ZPC or AP members.
The Parishad insisted on 100 days of wage employment in a financial year against 13/14 days of work. It has been noted with anguish that since the panchayat elections of 2008, no NREGS, BRGS and other funds at being released which is quite intriguing. It has also brought serious allegations regarding the distribution of ration and BPL cards. There is no transparency in the implementation of old age pension, health care and other national benefit schemes. (Source - Sentinel Assam)

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