According to the police, 22 residents of Thalayamangalam, including C Arumugam, 60, have lodged separate complaints with the police station. In the complaints, they have said that they came to know that as per government records, houses and toilets were ‘constructed’ on their patta land under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana scheme. However, houses or toilets have not been constructed on their lands.
Addressing reporters about the complaints on Saturday, Tiruvarur DMK MLA Poondi Kalaivanan urged the government to appoint a senior IAS officer to inquire into the embezzlement in the name of constructing houses and toilets.
“The misappropriation took place between 2016-19. Without constructing 142 houses, the money has been swindled. Only 31 houses have been constructed in the village, that too only for AIADMK members. The entire money has been swindled without the knowledge of beneficiaries those who applied under the scheme,” he alleged.
Kalaivanan also alleged that money has also been swindled in the name of coronavirus. “As per Covid-19 protocol, it is mandatory to isolate symptomatic people for at least 7 days. However, authorities in Tiruvarur send back them within 3 days. However, it is said that they are preparing records stating that they stayed for 7 days. That should also be inquired into it. We are planning to move the court in this regard,” he added.
Meanwhile, official sources said that district collector T Anand has ordered for an inquiry to probe the issue.