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Ponduru Khadi Society former official booked for fund misuse

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Ponduru Khadi Society former official booked for fund misuse.Funds allocated under the Scheme for Enhancing Productivity and Competitiveness of Khadi industry and Artisans (SEPCKA) were allegedly misappropriated at Ponduru Khadi Society.Ponduru is famous for khadi but lost its image due to irregularities in maintaining the society.

srikakulam: Funds allocated under the Scheme for Enhancing Productivity and Competitiveness of Khadi industry and Artisans (SEPCKA) were allegedly misappropriated at Ponduru Khadi Society.Ponduru is famous for khadi but lost its image due to irregularities in maintaining the society. The SEPCKA was launched in 2009 with funds from Khadi Village Industries Commissionerate (KVIC) of Mumbai.

Of the total Rs 42 lakh funds allocated for the scheme, Rs 34.50 lakh were granted by the KVIC and Rs 7.50 lakh were invested by the Ponduru Khadi Society. The aim of the scheme was to enhance skills of artisans by providing material to them. But the then secretary of the society allegedly misappropriated about Rs 5 lakh by concealing cash books and balance records. Though secretary Guntuku Gouri Sankar’s three-year term ended in June 2012, it was extended to another three years till June 2015.

After alleged diversion of the funds, the secretary resigned in June 2014, one year before his term ended. Suspecting misuse of funds, his successor Parupalli Ramakrishna held a meeting with society members and directors and decided to issue notices to Gouri Sankar but he did not receive them Finally, Ramakrishna and members lodged a private complaint in Rajam court and on reference, Ponduru police registered a case against Gouri Sankar.

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