GURGAON/MEWAT: Smelling a rat in the release of funds under the ambitious National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), the deputy commissioner of Mewat has issued a blanket order that funds should be released only after his signature is obtained. Though the DC, Chandra Prakash, admitted this move, he downplayed the development saying this has been done for better administration. So far, the additional deputy commissioner was clearing all these payments.
However, the DC added, "I have learnt from different sources that in the name of clearing funds, some wrong practice could be going on. So to play it safe I have invoked the order." The allegations have already reached the divisional commissioner's office in Gurgaon and this was confirmed by the officer, T K Sharma. "There are complaints that the additional deputy commissioner had been pressuring the junior officials while getting the payments released. The official is already under transfer and propriety demands that he should not sign the cheques for payments," he added. Sharma also said that the DC will not investigate the number of cheques that have been issued recently by his deputy. "On top of that it has also come to our notice that the additional deputy commissioner appointed his son for implementation of the NREGS. All these issues and allegations will be investigated," he added.
Sources said that if the investigation brings to light any major discrepancies and the administration releasing funds without properly checking whether the purpose for which the payment is made was served, it could become a big embarrassment for the government. Mewat is a crucial district dominated by Meo-Muslims. This is perhaps the only district in the state where the ruling Congress party could get maximum mileage from implementing this employment guarantee scheme. "The opposition will obviously make it a big issue particularly because the Congress at the Centre has raised questions on corruption in the implementation of these schemes in non-Congress states," a senior official said.