The state government Wednesday ordered an Anti-Corruption Bureau probe into misuse of funds in MNREGA in Hingoli, Marathwada.
Addressing 18 complaints across the state during Lokshahi din, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis gave an audience to complaints from ordinary citizens across the state.
During the interaction, Shyam Shevalkar brought to the notice the siphoning of funds from MNREGA projects in Hingoli.
He said, “There are several instances where the person against whose name the funds are being set aside are no more alive or are elderly citizen. They don’t report to work under MNREGA schemes. Yet, money is being lifted in their name by some vested interest.”
Fadnavis directed an ACB investigation. He assured that such instances need to be immediately curbed and the guilty punished.
Forum for policemen
Earlier, during a meeting with family members of police personnel, the chief minister said that a forum will be set up to address the concerns of police and their family members.
While acknowledging the need to address critical concerns of police and their family members, he said, “I reckon there is a need to have a forum where problems of police are attended.”
“The state government is sensitive to the challenges in policing. In the last two years, my government has taken several welfare measures,” he added.
He said, “A committee will be formed to address police problems. It will have representatives from the police family.”
He stressed on increasing interaction between police and public. He also indicated that the government was working on projects related to health of policemen.
While referring to the importance given by government to police housing, he said,
“We have planned Rs 2,000 crore housing projects.” In the past, successive governments gave a meagre amount to the housing sector.
Among several initiatives for police welfare, full day salary to police for working on a holiday and including them in the PM Awas Yojna are being implemented.