BY A REPORTER
SHILLONG, Sept 21: The Civil Society Women Organization (CSWO) accompanied by a few beneficiaries of the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) scheme from Klew village has alleged misuse of power by the former headman of the village as many residents are yet to receive the benefits of the scheme.
In this connection an RTI was filed by CSWO president Agnes Kharshiing from the Block Development Office (BDO), Umsning in which it revealed that the former headman and now the current Sordar of Raid Kyrdem Pholning Makdoh had received an amount of Rs. 1, 47, 960 for the TSC scheme, meant for construction of toilets in the village of Klew for the year 2010-11 for 137 beneficiaries.
Addressing reporters here on Wednesday, CSWO president Kharshiing slammed the police department for not registering the case despite having already filed an FIR against the former headman of the village at Khapmara Police Outpost, Umroi on September 9 last.
The CSWO leader has also threatened to seek legal action if the police department does not fulfill their duty in registering the case.
She said as per the information received there are seven residents of the village out of 137 beneficiaries who are yet to receive the benefits of the scheme which include Lung Lawai, Kjip Khriam who has now expired, Deibasshon Tangsang, Prolet Nongrum, Blassius Nongrum, Hesti Tangsang and Drik Mukhim.
“As of now these are the only people who have not received the benefits from the scheme as per our knowledge because they have come out and complaint against this injustice. However there might be many more residents who are yet to receive the scheme but are scared to reveal the truth,” she said.
Kharshiing alleged that there was also wrong entry of mes into the beneficiaries list for the TSC scheme in Klew village as some of the mes entered in the list were people that did not exist.
According to her, this is a clear case of misappropriation of fund meant for the rural poor who are deprived of the TSC scheme which has been sanctioned by the central government. Meanwhile, Salin Lawai headman of Upper Klew alleged that the former headmen had threatened that he will not give them any ration if they don’t construct the toilets before officials from the state government inspects the village.
“Some of the residents had to take up loans in order to construct the toilets because of fear that they might lose their right in availing ration,” he said.