Raids at SC/ST offices unearth irregularities
Thiruvananthapuram: Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau (VACB) officials on Friday conducted surprise raids at Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) development offices under various local body offices, including city corporations, municipalities and block panchayats, and unearthed massive irregularities related to financial aids meant for members of SC/ST community.
The raids were launched simultaneously in offices across the state under the code name ‘Operation Rights’.
In the raid conducted at Sasthamcotta Block Panchayat in Kollam district, it was revealed that people, who already owned ancestral lands, and those who received land through Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awaas Yojna in the year 2010-11 had been granted financial aid to purchase land. In Kollam Corporation office too, irregularities related to sanction of financial aids for construction of study rooms were found.
At Parakkode Block Office in Pathanamthitta district, VACB officials found that people, who constructed houses in 2003 using financial aid from the municipality, had secured the financial aid again in 2017-18 citing the same purpose.Similar irregularities were detected in Kozhikode, Malappuram, Alappuzha , Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram districts too.
VACB director Anil Kant ordered the raids after receiving numerous complaints about massive corruption involved in sanctioning of financial aids for SC/ST community members because of which deserving people missed out on getting the funds.