Nayan Panchayat of Bajna Block in Ratlam district had social audits in June 2015. The construction for dug wells was commissioned in the farm land of Dheerji and Kalu under the individually targeted scheme of NREGS. However the wages were not paid to labourers for 15 days of work, and work had stopped consequently. The dug well lied unfinished , and the land was wasted too.
Mamta ,from a Dalit household could just make her ends meet, however, the fine equilibrium of her already challenging life was thrown out of gear. Her husband died in an accident in October 2016. It was then she came across the ‘ Oracle information volunteer’ wh o informed her on the ‘Family benefit Scheme’ , targeted towards poor households that loose their major bread winner. The volunteer also helped her to write the application and submitted it to block office. The application was also followed online till the time she received Rs. 25000/- .
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.
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 The Panchayat and the secretary together had unscrupulously withdrawn money from their account and swindled the same in connivance with the engineer.
A common finding across Panchayats has been that there been deviations in the site of construction from what has been sanctioned in the approved in the ‘provisioned technical sanctions’. Though formal technical approvals have been obtained for poor/Dalit/ Adivasi hamlets, the construction has taken place in upper class and caste mohallas , usually near the houses of influential families.