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Funds vanish from NCC, twin probe underway
Correspondent SHILLONG, APR 23:
Published on 23 Apr. 2009 11:46 PM IST
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Meghalaya police on Thursday handed over the case of “embezzlement” of National Cadet Corps (NCC) funds meant for promoting NCC activities among the school and college students in the North Eastern states, to the Criminal Investigation Department of the state police. NCC Deputy Director General Brigadier PR Sharma had lodged an FIR against Deben Chandra Borah, a retired Upper Division Clerk in the NCC (North East Region) Shillong. The NCC which is conducting a court of inquiry into the “embezzlement” of funds also accused NCC Director Colonel (retd) AK Barua as one of the officials involved in the scam. Both Colonel Barua and Borah had retired from service on January 31 this year. In the FIR, Brigadier Sharma accused Borah of “misusing” demand drafts worth Rs 43 lakh with the assistance of Central Bank of India officials. “We have handed over the case to the CID to probe due to the inter-state ramifications as most of the accused into the alleged embezzlement of funds are from outside the state, while even the demand drafts were meant for other NCC Units in different states of the region,” State DGP Kulbir Krishan said. According to the FIR, the amount that was siphoned off was on demand draft payable to various group headquarters in the region. They include demand draft of Central Bank of India dated December 22, 2008 payable at Kohima NCC Group headquarter amounting to Rs 3,24,788, demand draft dated June 24, 2008 worth Rs 2 lakh payable at Guwahati NCC Group headquarter, demand draft dated July 12, 2008 amounting to Rs 3 lakh payable at Guwahati and demand draft dated December 22, 2008 amounting to Rs 6 lakh payable at Guwahati. The fraud was unearthed when NCC’s Dibrugarh group headquarter informed the Shillong Directorate in March that it had not received demand draft worth Rs 9 lakh. Similarly, NCC Silchar group headquarter also lodged a similar complain. On Scrutinizing from the Central Bank of India, Bara Bazar branch, VW Lahkar found that his signatures were forged and credited into an account other than the account from which the demand drafts were made. Meanwhile, Brigadier Sharma in a confidential report sent to the NCC authorities in the first week of April had recommended disciplinary action against Borah and Colonel (retd) Barua besides withholding their pay and allowances till completion of the court of inquiry. The incident will have a serious impact on the entire NCC funding in the Northeast. Besides Jammu and Kashmir , the North Eastern states are provided special funds by the Centre to the tune of Rs 30 crore annually for training and holding of camps. The NCC directorates in the region also get special funding from the North Eastern states.

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