Not clearing fake bills proved costly for a technical coordinator implementing Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in Karnataka. On Wednesday, rogue contractors chopped one of the hands of 53-year-old technical coordination HR Srinivas after he refused to clear the inflated bills, ToI reported. The victim told the daily that he was lucky as his hand was not completely severed. Doctors have bandaged the chopped hand as a preliminary measure and they are now exploring ways to reconstruct the hand.
Srinivas has been working with an organisation which looks after the implementation of the MGNREGS in Kunigal taluk of Tumakuru district. The incident happened when Srinivas and Kunigal taluk panchayat officer Narasimhaiah visited rainwater recharge pits between Bagenahalli and CH Palya.
Srivinas told ToI that the contractors had “exaggerated” the measurement of the work they had done and also inflated the bill. When Srinivas decided to reduce the amount from Rs 69,000 to Rs 42,000, the contractors — Keshava and Manjunath — threatened to chop off his hand if he signed the modified bill.
Srinivas said the contractors followed him on a bike while he was returning from job. They slashed his right hand with a machete but Srinivas realised his hand was chopped only when he reached a tea shop after speeding up his bike.
According to ToI, recently a 29-year-old panchayat development officer had committed suicide. He had left a five-page suicide note, alleging he was “mentally tortured” for being honest.