Irregularities in payment of wages to nearly 5,500 workers for the construction of houses under Mukhyamantri Gramin BPL Awas Yojana (MGBAY) were revealed in an internal assessment of the rural development department.

Labourers working on the construction of sanctioned homes under MGBAY were entitled to Rs 181per day as daily wages. The state government in 2014-15 modified the scheme, allowing owners of the sanctioned units to work in it as daily wage labourers up to the period of 90 days.The payment to them was linked with the MGNREGA funds.

However, it was observed that despite the provisions, 55,000 beneficiaries enrolled in a muster roll were not being paid. Findings also revealed that out of 70,824 under construction homes, beneficiaries of only 14,882 homes were issued payments.

“For each home, an assistance of Rs 70,000 is to be given under the scheme. However, with a view that construction takes time and BPL (Below Poverty Line) owners of these homes should not incur any losses during that period, they were allowed to work for their own homes,“ said an official who was part of the review.

Rajasthan Patrika Epaper 01/02/2017 :