No less than 11 such faux playing cards – with photographs of Bollywood actors – have been recognized

Bollywood star Deepika Padukone works as a migrant labourer in a village in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone district – or so MNREGA job playing cards carrying her {photograph} would have you ever imagine.

Faux MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi Nationwide Rural Employment Assure Act) playing cards issued within the identify of Sonu Shantilal, Manoj Dubey and practically a dozen different villagers – however carrying glamorous pictures of Ms Padukone and a minimum of 10 different movie stars and celebrities – have been circulating and claiming wages from Peeparkheda Naka village within the Jhirnia panchayat.

District officers imagine lakhs of rupees have been claimed on these faux playing cards as wages for actions that have been by no means undertaken within the first place; for instance, based on the playing cards Sonu Shantilal was paid for constructing a drain close to his village.

Different playing cards have been paid for digging ponds and repairing canals. A sum of Rs 30,000 has been withdrawn each month in opposition to a card in Mr Dubey’s identify.

Nevertheless, Mr Shantilal and others whose names are on these faux playing cards say they do not know how this occurred. In keeping with Mr Shantilal and Mr Dubey, neither has claimed a single day’s work. Mr Dubey, actually, claims 50 acres of farm land and says he by no means had a MNREGA job card made.

“I do not understand how this card was made. They changed my spouse’s image with Deepika,” Sonu Shantilal mentioned, alleging that the panchayat secretary and employment assistant have been concerned in committing this fraud.

The CEO of the district panchayat has ordered an inquiry into how these playing cards have been printed and wages launched. Motion will probably be taken in opposition to the responsible, he declared.

“Info on 11 job playing cards with footage of celebrities has come to my discover. In the previous few days massive quantities of cash have been withdrawn and muster rolls stuffed. We’ll learn the way the job playing cards have been issued and the way these footage have been taken. Motion will probably be taken in opposition to whoever is discovered responsible within the investigation,” Gaurav Banal mentioned.

This is similar district panchayat – Jhirnia – that was praised for having paid out 100 per cent of allotted wages for employment beneath the MNREGA scheme.