Rohtas:  To seek personal benefits from the welfare schemes meant for drought-hit Rohtas district in Bihar, some of the panchayat heads in the state took advantage of loopholes available in the schemes and befooled innocent people.

The facts came to fore through a Right to Information (RTI) application. The report said that Panchayat heads not only befooled educated people but also deprived them of the benefits meant for them.

The district was declared drought-hit in 2010 under which the villagers of Pakadiya, Chandi, Baank and Baradhi Panchayats were supposed to get aid under the drought relief programme.  But the villagers denied to have received any financial benefit while money in their names was withdrawn.

After hearing the appeal, the financial irregularity was exposed in the distribution of funds by the four Panchayats on June 2011.

In the Baank Panchayat, 673 beneficiaries were supposed to receive Rs 600 each. Interestingly, barring 25 persons the rest of 648 beneficiaries were declared illiterate.

Meanwhile, Block Development Officer Deepak Sinha has said that action would be taken against the culprits after a probe.