Scam in Ludhiana MC over Punjab Nirman funds, alleges RTI activist | Ludhiana News – Times of India


LUDHIANA: City-based social activist Kuldeep Singh Khaira has alleged that he had received information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act that before assembly elections, the civic body had received Rs 90.26 crore under Punjab Nirman funds for distribution among the poor, but he did not get the details about beneficiaries or complaints received against fund distribution.
The activist alleged that there was a major scam behind distribution of Punjab Nirman funds and basic norms of the scheme were flouted. He has demanded vigilance probe in this matter and has written to the Chief Minister’s Office.
The activist had demanded copy of guidelines issued and received from the government related to the programme, total amount of funds received by the district, officer-wise detail of grant disbursal, and copy of cash book for receiving and disbursal of the grant, among other details.
However, in reply to the query, the guidelines for the scheme were shared and it was also said that around Rs 102 crore were given under this scheme, of which, Ludhiana MC got Rs 90.26 crore and Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) got Rs 1.54 crore. This scheme was meant to provide financial help to people for sanitation projects, houses to homeless, provision of drinking water, toilets, etc in government hospitals and dispensaries.
The RTI also revealed that lists of beneficiaries were prepared by MLAs, councillors or halka incharges to DC office and from there, it reached MC offices. The money was released after verification. However, the officials did not provide lists of beneficiaries citing that record was lengthy and could be obtained by the applicant in-person. Mayor Balkar Sandhu refuted the allegations.





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