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Six-member panel to investigate irregularities in PMAY scheme

Officials have been given 15 days’ time to submit the inquiry report. During a previous inquiry conducted at the level of the additional commissioner, the employee was held guilty and investigation was recommended.

Following a complaint against an employee about irregularities in the release of funds under Prime Minister Awas Yojana (PMAY) scheme, MC commissioner Shena Aggarwal has formed a six-member committee to investigate the issue.

The committee will check detailed project reports prepared under this scheme by the employee concerned. Officials have been given 15 days’ time to submit the inquiry report. During a previous inquiry conducted at the level of the additional commissioner, the employee was held guilty and investigation was recommended.

The inquiry committee comprises joint commissioner Kulpreet Singh, zonal commissioner Jasdev Sekhon, superintending engineer Tirath Bansal, DCFA (deputy controller of finance and accounts) and two employees from the PMAY scheme. The orders state that officials will submit a report in two weeks.

As per the complaint, guidelines like geo-tagging of each case and selection process norms were flouted. Non-eligible persons were picked up as beneficiaries and a large amount was usurped by officials related to or dealing with this branch. Also, geo-tagging of a large number of the properties/beneficiaries has not been done. Particulars of these beneficiaries were not published even though it was mandatory to do so.

An employee deputed in the MC made close relatives beneficiaries of the scheme. Five of his family members were given benefits without geo-tagging. There are certain complaints against allotment of funds under the scheme as some of the actual beneficiaries did not get funds despite following due process.

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