Jalandhar/ SS Chahal
Cases of corruption in development works have come to light in two panchayats of Jalandhar district. The sarpanches of these panchayats improved the health of their treasury with the money raised for the development of the village. The department got both the panchayats investigated on the complaint of rigging in the development works of the village and found the allegations to be true. After this, now the officials of the department have recommended to their superiors as well as vigilance to register a case of corruption.
District Panchayat Development Officer Iqbaljit Singh said that cases of misuse of government money have come to light during investigation in Chhokra of Phillaur and Ibrahim Khan of Jalandhar East. Corruption has taken place here in the name of development works. Their complaint has been sent to higher authorities as well as vigilance.
About 28 lakh rupees has been embezzled in Chhokra of Phillaur sub-division of Jalandhar and Ibrahim Khan village panchayats of Jalandhar East. Officials of the Panchayati Raj Department say that Rs. Fraud of Rs. 15 lakh 90 thousand has been committed in Ibrahim Khan Panchayat.
The investigation has revealed a very strange and poor deed of the Sarpanch of Panchayat Chokra of Phillaur block. Sarpanch Sahib used to transfer the government money coming to the Panchayat directly to his account first. After this he used the government money first for his personal work and later if anyone had to pay then he used to do it himself. Sarpanch Sahib of Panchayat Ibrahim Khan coming under Jalandhar East Block, Masha Allah came out in the investigation.
Sarpanch Sahib used to spend less money on development works and used to add more money to his treasury. Investigation has revealed that the sarpanch of Ibrahim Khan did not spend as much money as he should have spent on development works, while the accounts showed the complete account of the funds sent by the government. Also issued certificate of expenditure on development works. In the village streets, interlocking tiles, cement, sand, gravel were not used properly.