Jamshedpur: Protesting the lackadaisical attitude of the district administration regarding action against West Ghodabandha Gram Panchayat Mukhia and Jal Sahaiya for the discovered scam in the fund allocated for toilet construction being misappropriated, the villagers led by Kamal Club president Pankaj Mishra, staged a protest at the Khadangajhad chowk. They demanded immediate arrest of the Mukhiya and Jal Sahiya.
It may be mentioned here that the deputy Mukhiya Ravi Shankar Pandey vide an RTI got sufficient evidence including account of bank transactions through which the anomalies in the fund allocation came to light. It was after getting to know of the financial irregularities that the agitated villagers informed the DC but no action has been taken by the administration thus far.
It was during the agitation that the villagers pointed out that Punam Sinha received the best Jal Sahaiya award from Chief Minister Raghubar Das during a Jan Chaupal at Dhanchattani in November. They accused that she had issued a cheque for Rs Five lakh from the government fund to her husband Dipak Sinha. The fund was required to be transferred to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.
Anil Srivastav, Arun Shukla, Ravishankar Pandey, Sailesh Karua, Manoj Gupta, RK Verma, Nagendra Upadhyay, Jitendra Kumar, Khagesh Pal, Babaji Tiwary, Nazar Imam, Md Aslam and others participated in the demonstration.