Sachin Tendulkar may have won the Bharat Ratna, but according to the Goa government's records, he and his family are is a "casual labourers" and beneficiaries of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), says a non-governmental organisation.
The NGO, Goa Parivartan Manch, on Saturday claimed to have exposed a scam in MGNREGS, where officials and politicians have been listing fictitious workers and pinching their remuneration. "We demand a probe into the MGNREGS works in Chimbel.
It must be found out how these fake names were registered as beneficiaries and who is making this money," the NGO's spokesman Yathish Naik said at a press conference. Chimbel is a slum near Panaji and Tendulkar finds himself an applicant against serial No 374 of Tiswadi sub-district block. His registration number is GO-01-001-028-001/10063-C. His wife Anjali, daughter Sara and son Arjun are also on the list.
In fact, the list also includes Kapil Dev, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, Amitabh Bachchan and Paresh Rawal.