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Wheat for the poor misappropriated

Update : 08 May 2014, 06:44 PM

Mohammad Jamal Hossain, chairman of Pablakhali Cluster Village Project, also ex president of Kobakhali union Awami League of Dighinala upazila in the district, allegedly misappropriated 45MT of wheat, allocated for 290 poor families.

According to upazila nirbahi office sources, government had allocated 25MT rice and 45MT wheat for 290 families for January, February and March month’s Test Relief.

A total 87kg rice and 155kg  wheat had been allocated for each of the 290 families.

The UNO office also fixed second week of March to distribute the food grains in presence of monitoring officer and Dighinala upazila Agriculture Officer Md Sala Uddin.

Mohammad Mahabub Alam, Abul Kashem, Rahomot Ali, Hasina Begum, Rehena Akhter in the village admitted that  that project chairman had distributed 25MT rice among the listed 290 card holders families but misappropriated all 45MT wheat, worth over Tk9 lakh.

They also submitted a complain letter to the UNO to investigate the matter.

When asked, the chairman denied his involvement with misappropriating and said: “The incident was planned by my political rivals to tarnish my image.”

Replying to another question, Jamal said he would fight legally against the complain.

 Sala Uddin admitted that he had got rice during distribution the three months’ Relief.

 “I haven’t seen wheat in the godown,” he said adding that project chairman might have misappropriate the wheat.

The upazila Awami League President Md Abul Kashem admitted the allegation and said they had already suspended him for his anti-laws activities.

UNO Fazlul Zahid Pavel said: “A committee is investigating the allegation and stern action would be taken if the allegation is proved.”

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