New Delhi: The case of using scooters for the transportation of bulls in the fodder scam in Bihar is well-known to everyone. Interestingly, the Uttar Pradesh too has witnessed similar mode of siphoning away funds meant for development in the MNREGS scheme.

After the incidence of more than 365 days in the MNREGS calendar in the state came into light, an interesting case of supply of materials for the roads construction were found to have carried through shops which are dealing with sweets and grocery items. Ironically, some of the shops mentioned in the official documents do not have even existence in the area.

The report of state quality monitor, Vinod Shankar Chaubey, says that there are irregularities in the purchasing of materials for constructions in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh.

Sources said, the names of the dealers and owners of the construction material shops mentioned in the official documents were found to be fake ones.

Virendera Bahadur Morya, whose name appears in the official files, does not have any such shop. Instead, he owns a grocery and sweets shop since ages.

In the recent past, many similar incidences of irregularities in the MNREGS funds and employment programmes were found in the state. Following which the Central government has recommended the Mayawati government to order CBI probe in the entire episode.

However, disagreeing to the suggestion, Chief Minister Mayawati has come down heavily on the Centre in the entire scene.

JPN/Bureau