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Probes that reach a dead end
Correspondent Kohima, Oct 9 (NPN):
Published on 10 Oct. 2008 12:22 AM IST
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Various probes into scams in Nagaland have been inconclusive and it is widely speculated that even the recent road scam as well as the VRS scams in the some departments such as education and industries departments and the works and housing etc seem likely to also meet with the same fate. According to sources, investigations into the Rs.50 lakh under the District Education Office Changtongya allotted as per the Sarva Shiksa Abhiyan (SSA)scheme and the road scam involving the withdrawal of an amount of approximately Rs.3.09 crore against the 35-kilometer Mokokchung to Longkhum village link road are bogged down despite conclusive evidence. It may be recalled that the road scam came to light during January 2008 but no action was taken at the government level till it came to light. The facts that emerged from the scam report confirmed, that Rs.3.09 crore out of the total estimate of Rs.4.90 crore,for the work, was released during mid-November 2007 without any work being done. The work order was reportedly issued on October 1,2007 by the Road and Bridges department during the tenure of the first DAN coalition government and payment made on November 14,2008. Later following the publication of the scam, the Governor during President’s Rule, directed the case be handed over to the CBI, after the high power technical committee submitted its report to the chief secretary. Though the state Governor had ordered for a CBI investigation, it did not go anywhere after the new government came to power. Probe into various other scams during the tenure of the Congress government in the lottery department, the civil supplies department also met an inconclusive end. Probes by the CBI into some of the scams have also not progressed beyond holding officers culpable while politicians seem to be insulated from the long arm of the law.

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