Woman councilor reaps benefits meant for destitute
Bandipora: Authorities in North Kashmir froze the bank accounts of a female Councilor after verification by officials proved that she drained the state-exchequer through cheat and deceit.
Rafiqa Bano is Councilor at Sumbal Municipal Committee here in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
Sources said that she was playing victim card and thus looting exchequer.
They said that the said female Councilor has two able bodied sons but she has still managed to procure PCP certificates for them. PCP stands for ‘Physically Challenged Persons’.
“Every month she received disability assistance from the Government,” said the source.
Not only this, she also managed to reap benefits under Old Age Pension Scheme. Documents reveal the date of birth of the said Councilor is 1980 while of her husband is born in 1978 and yet despite being middle aged persons, the couple was getting old age pension benefit on monthly basis.
The Councilor who is also a senior Congress member and a resident of Inderkoot Sumbal was also reaping benefits under ‘Woman in Distress’ Scheme, the source added.
Meanwhile, SDM Sumbal, Bashir Ahmed Lone said that if allegations are correct, not only legal action should be taken against her but the amount she has received from the government should also be recovered.
District Social Welfare Officer, Muhammad Altaf said that a Councilor can’t be the beneficiary of government schemes.
“I am on Covid duty but will look into the matter,” he said.
When contacted, Tehsil Social Welfare Officer, Nazia Wani said that the bank accounts of woman in question have been frozen and all the allegations have proved to be correct.
“We have verified the matter and found that the Councilor was draining the state exchequer. We have frozen her accounts and an inquiry has been ordered to dig out further truth,” she said.
Tehsil Social Welfare Officer, Sumbal further said that it is very important to find out where from the woman got the fake old age and disability certificates.
“The matter will be thoroughly probed,” she added. (KNT)