Eastern Mirror Desk
Dimapur, Jan. 11: The Peren District Village Development Board Association (PDVDBA) has condemned the statement issued by the president of Peren District VDB Secretary Association (PDVDBSA) Kinkeriulung that accused Rural Development block officials of illegally confining the MGNREGS accounts of the VDBs (village development board). The allegation was published in the media on Jan. 10.
“Kinkeriulung’s statement is not true because he had published the article without the consent of the board. We (the association) felt that it is not right, so we have come forward with a response to clarify that his allegations are not true,” President of VDB Association Peren block Ilamgwang told Eastern Mirror over the phone on Friday.
Ilamgwang has also issued a press release stating that the allegation levelled against the block officials is “false, baseless, and fabricated.”
“PDVDBA would like to express its profound regret and apologise to the DRDA (District Rural Development Agencies) and the block officials for tarnishing their good names and image of the district,” read the statement that has the names of VDB presidents from Athibung, Teningm Peren and Jalukie blocks.
Kinkeriulung had earlier requested the officials of Rural Development blocks under Peren district to return the VDB’s MGNREGS accounts details like passbook, chequebook to the concerned VDBs and Village Councils through a press release. He claimed that the documents have been in the possession of the department since the inception of MGNREGA schemes in 2008. He also alleged that the VDB secretaries are asked to sign on a multiple blank cheque during every release of the MGNREGA fund and only a single cheque is given back to the VDB Secretary / Village Council.