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Committee dilly-dallying on further inquiry regarding embezzlement of funds at RDD Mendhar

Last Updated on February 4, 2022 at 5:33 pm

The progress in the inquiry of funds embezzlement case in Poonch seems to be dilly-dallying by the concerned committee. Four employees were suspended for embezzlement and misappropriation of funds in five construction projects in Gursai Moori of Mendhar block in Poonch district.

A complaint was filed in Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) and concerned department regarding misappropriation of funds of Rs 5 lakhs on the name of some development works in Ward No. 3 Chatala of Panchayat Gursai Moori of Block Mendhar district Poonch, which were actually never executed on ground.

After the initial investigations were done the department came to know that four officials were guilty and suspended them. An order was issued from the office of ACD Poonch which reads “As reported by Block Development officer Mendhar vide letter No: BM/2021-22/1702-03 Dated; 17.09.2021 and letter No: BM/2021-22/717 Dated: 19.07.2021 and this office letter No: ACDP/MGNREGA/2021 22/4022-24 dated: 06.07.2021 prima facie irregularities / misappropriation and embezzlement in some works noticed in Halqa Panchayat Gursai Moori including Construction of Drain at Mohalla Chatala, Construction of Tractor Road Mohalla Kaiwala to HSS School W.No 03, Construction of work/footpath main Road to kainwala W.No 03, Construction of Tile work/ Footpath main road to Chatala W.No 03., Construction of Pacca B/Path at Mohalla Gorsian W.No 03, Construction of SC Work Graveyard at Mohalla chatala W.No 03,”

Thus an inquiry committee was framed to look into the matter. RDD constituted a panel of three members to probe the matter on 18-9-2021 and was ordered to submit the report within 15 days but it failed to complete the inquiry and submitted it after three months.  BDO Mendhar informed that an order has also been issued for recovery of Rs 90000 from the suspended officials but has not been recovered till date. ACD Poonch said that four employees are already suspended and further process is in progress. Committee has been asked to provide the further details.