New Delhi: The Standing Committee on Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS), headed by Rao Indrajit Singh, has lashed out at the Central government for irregularities in the UPA government’s flagship rural development programme.

Exposing the rampant corruption in the MNREGS, the Standing Committee put a question mark on the huge gap in the data compiled by the Rural Development Department and the Department of Posts.

The Committee has found several lacunae in the number of bank accounts of the labourers, the wage distributed through the Rural Development Department and the Department of Posts.

The Committee said massive corruption has been reported in making payments to the labourers through post offices. In addition, the roles of middleman demanding bribe and the disbursing wage below the stipulated amount have also been reported.

A total of 244 cases relating to corruption in disbursement of wages are registered with the Rural Development Department, while the Department of Posts has registered only 7 cases of rigging.

JPN/Bureau