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ET gets access to murkier bank transactions of MC Kishtwar
IHHL financial embezzlement scam
12/1/2019 10:37:01 PM
Asif Iqbal Naik

Early Times Report

JAMMU, Dec 1: After over a month of breaking a major scandal that has reportedly surfaced in Municipal Committee (MC) Kishtwar with regard to implementation of Individual Household Latrine (IHHL) under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the Early Times, gets an access to the bank transaction details wherein lakhs of rupees from ICICI Bank Doda has been transferred to few accounts in bulk which was later embezzled by denying the money to majority of the beneficiaries-the list which is yet to be made public and no one knows who are the real beneficiaries of the much hyped Government of India flagship programme.
As reported by "Early Times" in its 27-10-2019 edition, in the alleged scandal wherein more than Rs 1.21 crore has been shown withdrawn for the construction of the IHHL unit @ Rs 17490 per unit construction cost through the NGO Human and Rehabilitation Service (HARS).
As per the said order, the payments shall be made in stages only after the completion certificate duly signed by the concerned beneficiary is furnished followed by the uploading of the photographs of the completed IHHL along with the beneficiary's picture.
The NGO was further directed that the concerned Corporation/ULBs shall provide the beneficiaries in those cases where the IHHLs are to be constructed by the approved NGOs/Firms which in case of Kishtwar MC spread over 13 wards is missing and all the Councillors as well as the concerned Vice President expressed ignorance about knowing the names of the beneficiaries.
The NGO HARS which is under scanner according to the officials is owned by one Zahoor Ahmed Wani son of Mohammad Khalil Wani of Kashmir at present Chatroo and other officials on board, particularly his accomplice Javed Ahmed Malik who according to the sources has turned to be a millionaire over night.
As per the details available with "Early Times", the former Executive Officer Municipal Committee Kishtwar namely Sanjay Kumar Sharma signed the agreement with the concerned NGO namely HARS for implementation of the centrally sponsored scheme in violation of the rules and regulations for construction of the IHHL unit i.e bathrooms, but as a part of well coordinated nexus, the money instead of getting transferred to different account holders i.e. beneficiaries was instead diverted in bulk to some accounts from where it was withdrawn on the name of the beneficiaries by said NGO while in actual among these IHHL unit numbering around 700, majority of them had never been constructed on ground within any 13 wards of the Municipal Committee Kishtwar.
As per well coordinated nexus, the EO MC Kishtwar opened a bank account No. 256801000093 in ICICI Bank, Branch Doda.
As per the bank statement available with "Early Times", the bank Account No 256801000093 (Savings Account) at ICICI Branch, Doda is registered on the name of Executive Officer MC Kishtwar and an amount of Rs 19,80,935 was withdrawn from 11-1-2108 to 30-3-2108 through five different transactions of Rs 4,62785, Rs 6,78612 on 22-1-2018, Rs 3,39306 on 15-2-2018, Rs 4,24132 on 20-3-2018 while Rs 5 lakh were deposited in the account on 19-3-2018 from the government account.
The account details further revealed that an amount of Rs 16,96,530 had been shown as withdrawal on 14-6-2018 and on 11-6-2018 an amount of Rs 30 lakh stood deposited in the account by the government.
During the period from 12-7-2018 to 9-10-2018, an amount of Rs 22.73 lakh was withdrawn from the account in two installments and during this period, the government further deposited an amount of 10.67 lakh in the account and further an amount of Rs 2,41206 also deposited in the account.
During the period from 30-1-2019 to 31-3-2019 an amount of Rs 44.29 lakh had again been withdrawn from the account through five different withdrawals while during the same period, government transferred an amount of Rs 45.72 lakhs in the said account.
During the period from 11-4-2019 to 29-6-2019 an amount of Rs 5.08 lakh was again transferred from the MC Kishtwar account on 26-6-2019 through withdrawal while at the same time an amount of Rs 8.26 lakhs had been deposited in this account by the government and another amount of Rs 20.12 lakh had been deposited in the account by the government during the period between 11-7-2019 to 3-10-2019 before the account was frozen by the audit team of ULB department with Rs 30.12 lakh balance in the MC Kishtwar Bank account after hue and cry was raised by the newly elected councillors of MC Kishtwar.
Early Times after surfacing of the scandal approached the office of Municipal Committee Kishtwar several times requesting the officials to provide the list of the beneficiaries, but the officials each time denied that they did not have any such list in their possession and passes the buck from one official to other while at the same time the Executive Officer MC Kishtwar who also held the additional charge of some other Municipal Committees in Doda and Kishtwar District remain elusive each time Early Times approached the MC Kishtwar Office.
Despite repeated attempts, EO MC Kishtwar Tariq Hussain did not responded to the mobile calls and messages from "Early Times".
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