Photographs of Bollywood actresses Deepika Padukone, Dia Mirza and Jacqueline Fernandez have been allegedly used on the job cards of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MGNREGA) workers in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh. According to a report in Hindustan Times, authorities have ordered an inquiry after pictures of actresses appeared on at least a dozen MNREGA job cards in village Piparkheda Naka under Zirnya tehsil, 70 km from district headquarters.
The ‘fake’ job card was used to claim benefits under the MNREGA scheme. Many of the cards have names of male beneficiaries, but photographs of Deepika, Diya and Jacqueline appear on them. RTI activist Sandeep Madhar, who exposed that fraudulent activity, told HT that it was a well-planned scam to snatch public money.
Gaurav Benal, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Zilla Panchayat, Khargone, said that he conducted an inquiry after receiving complaints about the use of photographs of actresses on job cards. He told the daily, “I have initiated an inquiry to see if these cards are genuine and under what circumstances the photographs were on the cards. If the inquiry committee reports irregularities then action will be taken against the culprits.”
The photo of Deepika Padukone was used in one of the job cards named Monu Shivshankar. He said that he did not go to work and was surprised to see a photo of the ‘Piku’ actress on his job card.
Another report by ZoomTV Entertainment says that the beneficiaries who have given their statements have received their salaries.
Talking about Deepika Padukone, the ‘Padmavat’ actress is currently busy shooting her upcoming film with Shakun Batra in Goa. He recently shot for a light-hearted scene with co-stars Ananya Pandey and Siddhant Chaturvedi.
DP will next appear as Kabir Khan’s 83 ‘on-screen wife of Ranveer Singh. The sports drama, played by Pankaj Tripathi and Boman Irani, is based on India’s 1983 Cricket World Cup victory.
On the professional front, Jacqueline Fernandez will next appear in the film ‘Raam’ starring John Abraham. She also has Salman Khan’s ‘Kick 2’ in the pipeline.
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