IGMSY funds scandal surfaces in Breng Kokernag

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Anantnag—An officer of Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) has been accused of embezzlement of funds under Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY) scheme.

Shameema Akhter who is posted as child development project officer (CDPO) in Breng Kokernag inSouthh Kashmir’s Anantnag is accused of embezzlement of funds under IGMSY Scheme.

The matter came to fore after an applicant filed RTI No CDPO/Breng/17/177 Dated 10/7/2017 which revealed that lakhs of Rupees under the scheme have been credited, from the official account for IGMSY account NO 0111040500100035, to some officials and withdrawn by I/C CDPO Shameema Bano in clear violation to the norms laid down under this scheme..

 

The IGMSY is a conditional maternity benefit scheme. The scheme aims at uplifting the poor by providing a cash incentive of Rs 6000 to poor women upon the delivery of a child. It is a mandatory, as per the scheme norms, that the beneficiary must provide her personal bank account to the CDPO’s office for the cash transfer of the cash incentive. As under no circumstances the cash incentive cannot be transferred to any other account (not even to her husband’s account).

The cash benefit cannot even be given directly in hard cash or any other form to the beneficiary, as per the IGMSY norms.

The RTI revealed through the bank statement of the official account for IGMSY that the concerned CDPO official had withdrawn lakhs of rupees from the account which is a sheer embezzlement of funds, misuse of official authority, and violation of rules/norms laid down under IGMSY scheme.

Inside sources in ICDS department told Kashmir observer that few days back a delegation of the Breng Kokernag met with District Commissioner Anantnag and complained against ICDS department for not receiving funds from IGMSY scheme from last five years. “Ex CDPO’s who were posted in Breng Kokernag may also be involved in Embezzlement of funds under ICDS scheme in area,” he added.

When contacted ICDS programming officer Anantnag said after receiving the complaints of a delegation from Kokernag the Deputy Commissioner Anantnag has constituted a team of officers which will investigate the matter.”

It is pertinent to mention that Shameema was earlier also accused of similar fraud of funds under this scheme in Dooru block,when she was CDPO Dooru.The case had been handed over to the Vigilance organization Kashmir after she was accused of embezzlement of funds under IGMSY Scheme in Dooru.

Shameema was recently in Headlines after her department featured Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi along CM Mehbooba and other women achievers  in ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padao in Kokernag Tourism Festival.

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