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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Allegation of Misappropriating SSM Fund against Madrssah Authorities

MALDA, 8 DEC: Serious allegation of misappropriating the fund released by the Sarva Siksha Mission (SSM) was raised against the authorities of Talbangrua high madrasah and Laxmiaghat primary school in Harischandrapur II block. The district project officer (DPO) of the SSM Mr Chinmay Sarkar assured to look into the allegation at the soonest instance.

More than a hundred villagers of Daulatnagar gram panchayet under Harischandrapur II block including the managing committee member of Talbangrua high madrasah Ms Najma Khatun and the local panchayet member Mr Abdur Rahaman alleged that the madrasah authorities misappropriated about Rs 1.96 lakh granted by the SSM, Malda for building additional class room (ACR). “The madrassah authorities fitted old windows and doors which are of poor qualities,” the villagers alleged. They added that the Headmaster and the secretary of the madrssah were having a nexus with the local overseer of the SSM. It was also alleged by the complainants that the Headmaster of Laxmiaghat primary school kept the SSM fund of Rs 1.50 lakh in his custody for more than two and a half months. “The Headmaster has not yet started building the ACR and investing the money in his own interest,” the villagers complained.

On the contrary the secretary of Talbangrua high madrasah Mr Ainal Hoque rubbishing all allegations said: “We fitted the old door and windows temporarily only to prevent the entrance of the miscreants into the madrassah premises.” “The construction yet to be completed and new door and windows would be fitted after completion,” Mr Hoque said. He also defended the Headmaster of the primary school saying that the headmaster had been purchasing the building materials and the building was started from today.

The DPO of the SSM Mr Chainmay Sarkar conceded that he had received the complaint yesterday. “The district engineer of the SSM Mr Animesh Horw would be sent to take stock of the situation shortly,” Mr Sarkar added.

MZP Declared Projects to Develop District Health Infrustructure

MALDA, 8 DEC: With an eye to decreasing the pressure from the Malda district hospital Malda Zilla Parishad (MZP) would promote primary health centres in the district in addition to 15 primary health centres in fifteen blocks with ten beds facilities. The sabhadhipati of MZP Mrs Sabina Yeasmin said that a series of programmes would also be adopted to develop the health infrastructure in the district.

This may be recalled that 15 primary health centres were already identified one each in 15 blocks of the district. It was decided that ten beds would be made available in those health centres. Rs 73 lakh was allotted for each of those health centres and the building is almost complete. These primary health centres would have the accommodation for the doctors and the health staffs. Four new health centres were allotted in Kharba, Rishipur, Jatradanga and Kumbhira with the similar facilities. However, the budget sanctioned for each of these four health centres is Rs 1.23 lakh as these health centres would have the boundary wall.

The sabhadhipati of MZP Mrs Yeasmin said that the state government had sanctioned fund for the development of infrastructure of 98 sub health centres out of 430 sub health centres in the district. “MZP has sanctioned fund for 25 sub health centres. Besides, more than Rs 1 crore was sanctioned to upgrade Chanchal rural hospital into a sub divisional hospital. There would be at least 60 beds in Chanchal hospital,” Mrs Yeasmin informed.

The swasthya karmadhyaksha of MZP Mr Safijuddin Sheikh said that there would one rural hospital in Harischandrapur. Mr Sheikh informed that Silampur block primary health centre would be upgraded to a rural hospital. “A proposal of upgrading the Gazole rural hospital into a sub divisional hospital has also been submitted,” he added.

It was also informed by Mrs Yeasmin that in stead of one doctor, two doctors would be posted in the primary health centres hence forth. She also informed four gram panchayets of the district were recommended for considereation as “nirmal gram panchayet”. “However, the recommendation was not considered as there were a few mistakes,” she said.