By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: Putting Odisha government in a spot, the Centre has confirmed gross irregularities in selection of beneficiaries, defalcation of funds and other lapses in the flagship rural housing scheme under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G).

Pointing out specific cases, the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) has sought recovery of funds released to ineligible beneficiaries and criminal proceedings against officials responsible for committing fraud and swindling government funds.

“I would like to request you to direct the officials concerned for initiating action immediately on the cases of irregularities in order to ensure that the perpetrators of the fraud and their collaborators are dealt with sternly,” said a letter from Union Rural Development Secretary Nagendra Nath Sinha to Chief Secretary Suresh Mahapatra.

Sharing the findings of the inquiry report of the Central team with the…

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