Bhikangaon : For the past 10 years, under the tribal welfare sub scheme, the government has provided the amount of Rs 4.51 crores for the 2258 tribal families to give them employment assistance. But all in vain, as their condition is still the same. All due to the recklessness of the government employees, just because of the corrupt officials, tribal families are not getting any benefit.

In the year 2013-2014, 351 beneficiaries of development block were selected for providing employment assistance to them and Rs 20,000 was deposited in the account of each person. The money was provided to all the beneficiaries to open the shops of their interest and in the documents, it was shown that the money distributed to beneficiaries to open 17 shops of grocery, 15 shops of cycle repairing and 11 tent house shops. Now the shocking news is that, is it possible to have all these shops in a small village Sirali, moreover can anyone open a tent house or grocery shop in just Rs 20,000?

Here comes the role of brokers who distributed the amount to the beneficiaries, he took out Rs 4,000 and gave the remaining amount to them. For showing in official records, employees just needed to show a bill and a photograph of them with the goods purchased. Thus, they presented forged photographs and bills. All these things cleared that the corruption is deep rooted in the fund distribution.

Last year, Janpad president Ajmer Singh Rawat complained about this corruption, when all the beneficiaries had clicked their photograph standing in front of the same bullock cart and taken the amount but nothing has been done. Many similar cases of corruption were reported but no action was taken, government not only provide fund, they also provide equipments to the tribals but despite using them, they sold them.

If the government really wants to uplift the tribals, then it should provide sufficient amount to them to start the business of their own choice.

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