SHILLONG, Dec 19: Beneficiaries of the MLA’s Special Rural Work Programme (SRWP) residing in a village under Jowai constituency have been waiting for over 4 years to receive funds under the scheme as was revealed on Monday.
This delay in the sanctioning of the funds had prompted these beneficiaries to seek the intervention of the Meghalaya High Court as they have filed a writ petition on Friday last against the failure to release the funds.
It may be noted that five of the beneficiaries of the scheme had even got the approval of the state government.
As per the notification issued by BDO, all the beneficiaries were entitled to get an amount of Rs 10, 000 each under the SRWP (2012-2013) to renovatte their low cost residences.
The five residents from Mihmyntdu village, about 2km from Jowai, the district headquarter of West Jaintia Hills, were among some of the deprived beneficiaries, who have decided to move the court after they had failed to receive what was due to them.
In the petition, the beneficiaries have alleged that they had approached the MLA RC Laloo who is also the incumbent Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya, local district administration and the BDO on many occasions but nothing was done to release the money.
The Court had admitted the petition and the next hearing on the case will be held next year, sources informed.
Meanwhile, the Meghalaya People’s United Front (MPUF) which has filed RTI on this regard earlier this year has alleged favouritism in the implementation of the scheme.
“It is surprising to note that the beneficiaries who are close to the MLA are getting the money but those who don’t have any link to him are deprived,” the MPUF had alleged in a statement issued here.
The organization also condemned this delay in the sanctioning of the funds and has termed the same as a violation of the fundamental right of citizens.