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Shillong, Jan 18: Meghalaya cabinet minister Hamletson Dohling today said that appropriate action will be taken against a village dorbar, if allegations were proved.

The village dorbar in a remote East Jaintia Hills had ostracised a woman as she refused to pay a fine of Rs. 5000. The fine was levied on her for exposing corruption in the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).

“I will find out the details about the case from the Deputy Commissioner and the Block Development Officer,” said Dohling, who is community and rural development Minister in the State cabinet.

Dohling said that the matter will be investigated.

Thrina Suchen, a resident of Lama village in East Jaintia Hills was cut off socially after the dorbar shnong in November, last year allegedly ordered all residents of the village to stop buying vegetables and groceries from her shop.

The lady alleged that she was asked to pay Rs 5,000 as a fine for filing RTI against the implementation of the MGNREGS in her village.

When refused to comply, the dorbar shnong directed all residents not to buy vegetables and groceries from her.  The mother of seven children had sought information under the RTI Act, 2005 on the various schemes being implemented by the village employment council (VEC) under the NREGS.

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