Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Corruption slur on Anganwadi appointment

SILCHAR, Oct 13: Rampant corruption in the selection of Anganwadi workers and helpers is doing its rounds in Cachar district. It has been alleged that a number of Congress leaders were allegedly involved in collecting money amounting to Rs 80,000 for the post of Anganwadi workers. The selection board constitute Mohan Dev, Dinesh Prasad Goala, Kutub Ahmed.

Sources said Goala had earlier included his brother Gunesh Prasad Goala, an LP school teacher in Narshingpur block, Shibu Kanungo, Hareshwar Dhobi, a ZPC member Khirode Karmarkar in the selection board. Also, Sonai MLA Kutub Ahmed’s son, Jahangir, found a place in the selection board. Badal Dey, brother in-law of Dev, Alok Kar, Alok Roy, close to Silchar MLA Bithika Dev, were also included in various selection boards.

It was further alleged that a syndicate of brokers have been collecting money from the candidates, some of which had reportedly sold their land to meet the demand of the brokers. Moreover, some grass-root-level Congress workers had been allegedly paid money to appoint the female members of their families following which the Congress workers pressed district president Karnendu Bhattacharjee for justice. Bhattacharjee, thereafter, reportedly faxed a message to Social Welfare Minister Akon Bora to stall the appointment process. Meanwhile, APCC secretary Pradip Dutta Roy said that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has already set up an enquiry committee in the backdrop of the mass allegation of corruption throughout the State. Dutta Roy also appealed to the Congress workers to keep a close vigil on the activities of the brokers. THE SENTINEL

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