The Nagaland State VDB Association has refuted the allegations made by the NPCC on the local papers with regard to misuse of NREGS funds by the VDB association.
The association having felt it was necessary to clear their stand stated it was a “non-political organization keeping itself above individual, personal political or religious issues” and that it had never attempted to be the “so-called guardians of transparency or corruption of the several governments” who came to power.
Nagaland State VDB Association, president, Tali Pongener, vice president, Piyeto and general secretary, Kehoulie Angami in a release stated that the association was based on building mutual understanding between the grassroot level in the villages, villages functionaries and different political parties in the state and queried if the allegations of corruption leveled was applicable to all VDBs.
It also inquired whether the release published during the VDB conference which was held after a gap of 15 years was timed to “insult and malign” the VDBs.
Reacting to the allegations made by the NPCC, the association sought proper explanation to produce the list of villagers that has not received funds under NREGS till date, list of VDB secretaries found to be corrupted, amount misused and the list of bogus job cards block-wise and village-wise.
The association further stated that any organizations, individuals making false allegations would be held responsible if it was denied of any developmental funds.