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NPCC raps DAN Govt. for misuse of funds
Published on 24 Nov. 2008 12:35 AM IST
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Irked by the state BJP’s allegation that it was stalling developmental projects meant for Nagaland in connivance with Congress – led UPA government, the NPCC said that the allegation showed the their (BJP) ignorance about the functioning of the state government. The NPCC also took the opportunity to bring to the fore the various central funds “misused” by the DAN government of which BJP is a part. NPCC vice president, Nillo Rengma through a press release alleged that the Prime Minister’s road development package of Rs.69.00 crores for Tuensang and Mon districts was “totally misused” due to collection of heavy commission from the contractors by the DAN Government. Nillo also alleged that the concerned department allotted the construction works of 10th IRB headquarters in Saijan at 86% which was above the scheduled rate of 2005. This was done with the sole motive to get high percentage of commission, he said. The NPCC recalled the Fruit processing unit which was given to former industries minister and sitting Rajya Sabha MP’s son on lease for 30 years without floating tender, terming it as “blatant corruption”. Nillo pointed out that the unit has about 44 bighas of land with all pucca infrastructure costing more than Rs. 4.00 crores but which has been leased out at Rs 25,00/- per month. He expressed apprehension that the land or infrastructure may not see light after 30 years of lease period. The NPCC also indicted the DAN government on the Lakhimro Hydel Project which has been privatized to a firm and alleged that “the one who is holding high office has a share in it”. Nillo further termed the use of Rs 30.20 crores for a single Medical Department Directorate office as “for collection of more commission”. The NPCC pointed out that the DAN Government withdrew an amount of Rs 198.00 crores between December 13 to 31, 2007 when it was reduced to minority following which the contractors were paid in cash and not by cheque. It cited an example where an amount of Rs 4.6 crores was released for construction of temporary sheds for CPMF by CAWD and the contractors paid in cash instead of cheque which was in violation of procedures. This procedure was again adopted by the DAN Government to get more percentage collection of commissions, it stated. Continuing allegations, the NPCC said that the DAN Government was allotting contract and supply works only to those who could pay Commissions or relatives of persons running the govt. To support the allegation, it again cited the Carriage work which was given to M/S Jimti Ao in 59 places for transportation of essential commodities in Nagaland by the supply Department. “This clearly shows that genuine and able local contractors and suppliers are being deprived the privileges in unscrupulous manner” Nillo added. Drawing attention to the 25000 unemployed youth in Nagaland, the NPCC pointed out that the state Government was not even in a position to detail the sectors where the youths are to be employed. The government of India therefore should not be blamed when state Government fails to provide the detailed programme for placement, the NPCC affirmed.

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