Manpur Panchayat in Thandla Block of Jhabua district , seventeen beneficiaries was shown as beneficiaries for goat /poultry sheds under NREGS and had received funds totalling 3 lakh fifteen thousand. The social audits revealed that no such construction has taken place and none of the beneficiaries have received any money for the same. In fact none of the beneficiary was even aware of the same. The Panchayat and the secretary together had unscrupulously withdrawn money from their account and swindled the same in connivance with the engineer.
Toilets were constructed in several Panchayats across the state by integrating Panchayat funds with the funds of Swacha Bharat MISSION . However missing or ghost toilets are not new. The SOCIAL Audit Campaign in Narainpur block in Mandla found that Panchayat had withdrawn the funds for toilet construction but neither constructed the toilet nor informed the beneficiaries. The Panchayat had simply eaten up the money fraudulently.
Community across Panchayats and districts stated that several ‘Indira Aawas scheme’ beneficiaries received only first instalment for the house construction. As most of beneficiaries had erased their old houses to construct new houses under the scheme, it was critical for beneficiaries that the new construction takes place fast. However a large number of beneficiaries received only 1st instalments, they borrowed money from informal money lenders at high rate of interest to complete the house while repeatedly asking the Panchayat to expedite the release of the subsequent instalment.
Jan Sunvai was held in Nainpur block for the Social audits undertaken in 70 Panchayats of the block. Samarthan facilitated fact finding and building of records & data for the Jan Sunvai. The Jan Sunvai was attended by a large gathering including , media and government officials.
The Oracle information Kiosk in LALKUI made online application for 400 beneficiaries towards claiming the ‘motivation’ money for construction of toilet. Their application for construction of toilet was also made on-line through the kiosk. The kiosk manager ‘sdfghjk’ also informs the beneficiaries when the releases are made by banks and reaches the beneficiaries’ account, saving repeated trips to banks to enquire. 400 beneficiaries not only constructed the toilets but also got ‘motivation money’ of Rs. 12000 each for toilet construction.