Jagatsinghpur, March 5 (LocalWire): Elected members of Erasama panchayat on Tuesday boycotted the Panchayat Day celebrations and launched an indefinite hunger strike outside the block office here for not consulting them before implementing developmental activities in the area.
The protesting members alleged large irregularities in selection of projects under schemes like Amo Gaon Amo Bikash, Gopabandhu Gramin Yojana, Biju Pucca Griha and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
“Poor people, who have no house, have been deprived of the housing scheme just because their names were not included on the 2011 socio-economic survey list, a panchayat member said.
Another panchayat member said, “Without the knowledge of sarapanch, block officials included names of rich people as beneficiary of Antodaya scheme, while the poor have been deprived.”
Former Zilla Parishad member Sarada Jena said, “There’s huge misappropriation of fund in the MGNREGS scheme. Many old people and widow were deprived of pension.