CSR Corruption:Villagers happy at CBI raid

Bokaro Steel Limited
Bokaro Steel Limited

BOKARO: Residents of Mango village were visibly happy after the anti-corruption branch of CBI, Dhanbad, exposed misappropriation of funds in the work allotted by Bokaro Steel Limited (BSL) for construction of ponds, roads and drains in their village.

The village, situated around 30 km from the district headquarters under Balidh police station, was adopted by BSL under its corporate social responsibility (CSR). The company was allotted Rs 1.5 crore under CSR for development of the village in 2008. The fund was allotted for construction of 6.5 km road, drain on its side and pond in the village. However, even after two years, the village is still lacking development.

This, however, drew attention of the CBI which on Friday conducted searches in offices and houses of three BSL officials along with a contractor dealing with the work. The officials are senior manager Alok Srivastava, manager A K P Verma, official S K Bariyar along with Jai Bhuwan Singh, the proprietor of Avinash Construction Company, to whom contract was allotted.

CBI also found something fishy on part of the BSL officials since they had made a payment around Rs 1.45 crore to Avinash Construction in 2009, even after the work remained incomplete.

Most of the villagers said that they were under the impression that BSL had cancelled the project for which the construction was stopped midway. They had also approached the officials concerned but did not get any satisfactory response in this regard. It was only now that they came to know that the project was hit by a scam after CBI took the matter and searched houses and offices of the BSL officials.

Chetan Manjhi, the president of village education committee, said that he had remembered the function organized by BSL officials on the day of beginning the construction. “We were very pleased then on the day as our village would get roads and ponds which we needed for several years. Unfortunately, the promise made by officials did not come true as the work was stopped midway,” he said.

Chandrika Kewat, a resident, said the roads were still in bad condition. It is difficult to walk or ride two-wheelers in the rainy days as the road are waterlogged. Though BSL has constructed only a small portion of the sanctioned 6.5 km of road but it seems that the contractor had used materials of poor quality which has damaged it in a short time. The roadside drain has vanished and the pond has also not been constructed.

“The BSL officials have also promised to build a school building for which they have dug the base but the work remained incomplete,” said Shanti Kumari, another villager.

(Times of India Report)




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