Extreme corruption and irregularities have been reported in the list of VGD cards for the needy in Koyra Upazila Sadar Union of Khulna. Most affluent families on the list instead of distressed women. Besides, the jail card has also been included in the list of persons who have received other government assistance including 10 kg rice card. In this regard, several miscreants have lodged a written complaint with the Upazila Nirbahi Officer in protest of the irregularities of the 2021-22 VGD cycle.
According to the office of the Upazila Women’s Affairs Officer, 97,500 metric tons of food grains (rice) have been distributed among 3252 families in seven unions of the upazila under the VGD program of 2021-22 for 20 months food security for distressed and helpless women. Dustha Ra will get this rice at the rate of 30 kg per month for each card.
Of these, 16,120 metric tonnes of rice has been allotted in favor of 804 VGD cards in nine wards of Koira Sadar Union.
According to the victims, the people’s representatives of Koira Sadar Union ignored the government rules and regulations and instead of following the VGD cycle, instead of being distressed and helpless, they added names of rich people including landowners, fishermen, traders, employees and pucca house owners. The issue has caused outrage among the people of the Ampan devastated union.
In the meantime, several distressed people of the area have lodged a written complaint with the Upazila Nirbahi Officer in protest of VGD irregularities.
Halima Khatun, a resident of Ward No. 4 of Koyra Sadar Union, complained that her husband had abandoned her and was working as a day laborer. They did not even give. All those whose names are on the list have land belonging to someone who is well-off. The member wanted Rs 2,000 but could not pay and cried as he could not get his name in the list.
Hazra Khatun, a resident of the same ward, said, “I have never been able to survive in a hut with a sick husband and children. I have gone to the chairman member many times for a house to live in, for a day laborer, but I could not get a list.” They said I made a name online in the hope of getting a VGD card, I hoped a lot, this time maybe I will not be left out. But it did not happen.
Such allegations were made by Sharifa Khatun, who was abandoned by her husband. His elderly mother Halima Begum said the boys had left us and gone elsewhere. Three husbands at home, abandoned daughter, husband can’t grow old, can’t get enough rice twice, I have done a lot of walking, but the name has not appeared in the list.
Mumtaz, a resident of Ward 3 of Sadar Union, alleged that the members and the local village police (Chowkidar) had named their own people in exchange for money. At least 5/6 of his relatives, including his sister-in-law and his sister-in-law, have been named in the list. They have paddy lands and enclosures. The watchman asked me for money but I could not pay. However, village police officer Abdur Razzak denied the allegations, saying, “Even though I have the names of my relatives, they are really miserable.”
The victims, including Shirin Sultana, a resident of Ward 4, Ruma Khanam, Ward 6, demanded that the names of well-to-do families be removed from the list of real victims.
Akhtaruzzaman, a UP member of Sadar Union’s number ward, denied asking for money, saying, “The names I have given in the list are correct. The names of the well-to-do people have been given by the chairman and the female members.”
HM Humayun Kabir, chairman of Koyra Sadar Union Parishad, said the list given by the UP members would be checked if there were any irregularities.
Reshma Akhter, member secretary of the upazila VGD committee and upazila women’s affairs officer, said she had received several written complaints in this regard. Talks have been held with the Upazila VGD Committee President Upazila Nirbahi Officer in this regard. If any irregularity is proved, action will be taken after investigation.
Source: Bhorer Kagoj by www.bhorerkagoj.com.
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