Police Friday arrested a Sarpanch and Panch for swindling money under Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY) in North Kashmir’s Tarzoo area of Sopore.
Sub District Magistrate Sopore Hanief Balkhi told CNS that Auqaf Committee Akhoonpora in its complaint to the his office had alleged that the Sarpanch Abdul Rahim Ganaie and Panch Ghulam Mohammad Ganaie from Halka Rakh Haigam have recommended and enlisted some sixteen persons in the IAY list which otherwise are found to be fraud and not genuine.
He said that the complaint was referred to the Tehsildar Settlement Sopore vide order number 325/The/S/Spr, dated 17-7-2013 and the spot verification proved that duo had committed fraud and swindled huge chunk ofmoney. “During investigation it came to fore that duo provided benefits to their relatives and blue-eyed persons under IAY programme.
“Duo has swindled huge chunk of money and both have been arrested and lodged in police station Tarzoo. Process of recovering swindled money has been initiated,” Balkhi said adding that investigation is going on and all efforts are being made to provide benefits to the deserved ones under this programme.
Pertinently, Indira Awaas Yojana is one of the major flagship programs of the Rural Development Ministry to construct houses for BPL population in the villages. Under the scheme, financial assistance worth Rs.70000 in plain areas and Rs.75000 in difficult areas is provided for construction of houses. The houses are allotted in the name of the woman or jointly between husband and wife. The construction of the houses is the sole responsibility of the beneficiary and engagement of contractors is strictly prohibited.