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TDP, Left parties demand probe into NREGS funds embezzlement

Telugu Desam and left party leaders on Friday demanded that the State Government constitute a House Committee to probe into the large scale irregularities that took place in the implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in the State.

Talking to media persons at Assembly media point, Telugu Desam MLAs KE Krishna Murthy, Devineni Umamaheswarar Rao and whip Dhulipala Narendra came down heavily on the State Government for the financial irregularities in the implementation of the scheme. They said the House Committee probe into the issue could bring out complete details about the misappropriations.

Holding the State Government responsible for such irregularities, the TDP alleged that the NREGS works were awarded to Congress workers without taking prior approval from the respective Gram Sabhas. The TDP leaders alleged that the district in-charge ministers have proposed works with inflated figures in some constituencies and misappropriated hundreds of crores of rupees of public money.

The TDP MLAs alleged that Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha and Finance Minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy were involved in inflating the NREGS figures in their respective constituencies. Though 48,587 cases were booked against the officials in connection with irregularities in the NREGS, they said the police has registered FIR in just 162 cases and preliminary investigations were yet to be completed in 27,200 cases.

Communist Party of India floor leader Julakanti Rangareddy demanded that the government order a probe at least by the Standing Committee into the NREGS irregularities if was unable to set up a House Committee. Besides the Standing Committee, he said that the government should also appoint senior IAS officers to look into the spending of NREGS funds in all districts.

The officials should be given full powers to recover money from the corrupt officials involved in embezzlement of funds, he stated. (INN)

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