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Seraulim local alleges misuse of funds by panchayat

Margao: Joaquim Dias, a Seraulim local, has filed a complaint before the Additional Director of Panchayat against the Seraulim Panchayat for allegedly showing fake expenses in the books of accounts of the Panchayat and misappropriating the funds of the Panchayat.

In the letter, he stated that on 22/2/18, the panchayat passed a resolution to trim few banyan trees at an estimated cost of Rs 40,000. “Without taking any approval from the BDO or the Director of Panchayat, the panchayat has, without floating any tender, made the payment of Rs 40,000 by splitting the amount into three cheques of Rs 16,000, 11,000 and 13,000. All the vouchers were issued on the same day, 31/7/2018, to one Sukul Marandi,” said Dias.

Interestingly the payments were also made towards cutting and trimming of branches of trees obstructing the electricity lines. According to the documents obtained by Joaquim, there is no correspondence received from the Electricity Department requesting the Panchayat to take up the works. “I inquired with Electricity Department and they informed me that the department itself does cutting and trimming of such branches,” said Joaquim. [H]

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