Amid Corona, Multi-Crore NREGA Scam Unearthed in Gujarat Village: Jignesh Mevani

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published Published on Aug 1, 2020   modified Modified on Aug 5, 2020


Bank accounts opened in the name of around 500 villagers without their knowledge for money transfer under rural job scheme, says Vadgam MLA.

Ahmedabad: Gujarat MLA and social activist Jignesh Mevani on Saturday alleged that a multi-crore scam had surfaced in a village in Banaskantha district of the state, in which bank accounts were opened in the name of around 500 villagers without their knowledge for transfer of money under the rural job guarantee scheme, NREGA, in order to siphon off the funds.

The Independent MLA from Vadgam said the scam in Balundra village in Amirgadh tehsil came to light after some villagers, who were financially hit due to COVID-19, went to seek work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS), but were told that their names were already registered under the scheme.

Mevani alleged that similar scams were taking place in many other villages of Gujarat, including in his constituency Vadgam in Banaskantha district, wherein money was being siphoned off by others although villagers were shown as its beneficiaries.

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PTI/, 1 August, 2020,

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