GUWAHATI, Oct 18 – The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed chargesheets against 20 persons including two Assam Civil Service (ACS) officers and two employees of a nationalized bank for their alleged involvement in a Rs 2.27-crore financial scam in the implementation of rural development schemes.
Giving details of the scam, CBI sources told The Assam Tribune that during the period from August 2007 to August 2010, the Baharihat branch of the Punjab National Bank claimed subsidy against loan proposals for self-help groups by the block offices of Chenga and Goma Fulbari.
Sources said that the district rural development authority released the cheques against the self-help groups drawn on Barpeta branch of the State Bank of India and Assam Gramin Vikas Bank , Barpeta branch favouring the Branch Manager of the Punjab National Bank, Baharihat. The Punjab National Bank, in due course, sent the cheques for collection and the proceeds were credited to various accounts of customers who are not related to the self-help groups. The amounts were later withdrawn and the real beneficiaries were deprived of their dues.
The CBI, after investigation, found that the irregularities resulted in financial loss to the Government to the tune of Rs 2.27 crore.
Those chargesheeted by the CBI in connection with the case include two ACS officers – Md Nur Hussain, the then Project Director of the District Rural Development Agency (Barpeta), Baldev Malakar, former Project Director of the DRDA, Barpeta, Lal Mohan Kalita, an employee of the Punjab National Bank, Nagen Chandra Mali, employee of the Punjab National Bank, Md Siraj Ali , the then assistant project director of DRDA, Barpeta, Md Baharul Islam, the then extension officer of Goma Fulbari block, Harendra Nath Thakuria, the then extension officer of Chenga block, Md Sahajahan Ali, Md Abdur Rashid, Md Abul Kalam, Mahesh Talukdar, Md Abul Hussain, Md Rustam Mallick, Md Jamir Mullah, Sayestha Parbin, Md Akbar Ali, Riju Ali, Md Anowar Hussain, Md Jahidul Islam Bhuyan and Md Abdul Rahim.