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NPCC questions accountability of deptts
Published on 28 Feb. 2009 1:20 AM IST
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Coming down heavily on the NPF-led DAN government over alleged rampant corruption plaguing almost all the government establishments, the NPCC said the state Power department topped the “corruption list”. The NPCC demanded that the Ministry of Power, Government of India, institute a high-level inquiry to probe into the details of what it called “this shady issue” without delay. Bongkhao Konyak, Member, NPCC media cell, in a statement on Friday said huge funds amounting to crores of rupees sanctioned by Delhi on rural electrification under Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) to the Power department for providing permanent power connection and flow to all the rural areas and villages in the state have been “thoroughly misused.” It also pointed out that the Congress-led UPA government under the mega scheme known as Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) had earmarked a whopping Rs. 195 crore out of which Delhi has already released Rs 54 crore to Nagaland. The NPCC said the programme was meant to execute works like installation and augmentation of power lines and power stations in all the districts and villages in Nagaland with materials like transformers, steel tubular poles and all other related electrical materials that ensure electricity to the needy villagers. Accusing the state government of negating the novel objective of UPA government in Delhi, the NPCC said the NPF government took the “sweet opportunity” to flout the prescribed guidelines of Rural Electrification Corporation, Delhi and started misappropriating the huge amounts of funds being provided under RGGVY. It also said as per Delhi’s norms, Notice Invite Tender (NIT) for the execution of works in all the districts of Nagaland were supposed to be advertised in both national and local newspapers so that legible and competent contractors could vie for the works. “But for the reasons best known to all, such wide publicity was not done and instead the concerned department awarded contract works to some doubtful people whose credential, competency and requisite qualification to execute the aforesaid works are highly questionable” it added. It cited a case in Phek district where “not even a grain of work” has been carried out despite the first installment of Rs 75 lakh being paid to the contractor concerned. The NPCC also pointed that Zunheboto district was awarded with a fund provision of Rs 8,83,80,320 crore out of which Rs 1,37,26,000 crore was released and drawn from the treasury office, Kohima (South). However, no work has been executed against the drawn amount as yet, it added. The funds already released to various districts 1. Tuensang - Rs 21,46,61,299 2. Phek - Rs 14,33,48,612 3. Dimapur - Rs 29,97,07,930 4. Wokha - Rs 25,51,92,896 5. Mokokchung - Rs 13,42,10,379 6. Kiphire - Rs 17,07,71,206 7. Phek - Rs 6,62,58,000 8. Zunheboto - Rs 8,83,80,320 The Letter of Award (LOA) for Mon and Longleng districts were yet to be issued, the LOA for Kohima district was under amendment and hence, not yet issued, NPCC said.

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