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Anomalies in Vety & AH deptt: EUUN
Published on 23 Feb. 2010 12:45 AM IST
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The Educated Unemployed Union Nagaland (EUUN) has revealed several anomalies such as gross mismanagement of affairs, favoritism, corruption and injustice in the state’s Veterinary and Animal Husbandry department. The EUUN revealed this after obtaining the information through Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005. EUUN President Achilo Thong in a statement said that as per the RTI Act information the department received Rs. One crore for implementation of integrated pig production under entrepreneurs scheme for the year 2006-2007 and selected 160 beneficiaries – 40 each from Kohima, Phek and Mokokchung districts. The department was allocated Rs. two crore and 50 lakh for the scheme for the year 2007-2008 and selected 165 beneficiaries without proper addresses of most of them. The department further received Rs. Two crore for integrated development for the year 2008-2009 and selected 176 beneficiaries – 76 from Kohima, 55 from Peren, 32 from Dimapur and 7 from Wokha districts without location of projects. “The department refused to disclose the amount sanctioned /allocated to each beneficiary for all the financial years cited above” stated the EUUN release. The EUUN also informed that the department had refused to furnish the information about various schemes and projects for livestock, animal and birds for the year 2009-2010. However, the EUUN said, “as per the Revised Annual Plan (RAP), it was to receive (I) Rs.3 crores for public private venture programme and (II) Rs.2 crores for rural piggery breeding programme.” “It was anticipated to implement 22 numbers of public private entrepreneurships, 2 in each district at the cost of Rs.13.64 lacs per unit. And to fund 150 farmers for pig breeding farms in the rural areas” the release stated. Further, the EUUN stated that “where as the DVO (K) belied that an applicant for public private partnership had to show Rs.12 lacs or 30 % of the project cost and rejected that the lone candidate from Tseminyu recommended by the EUUN who declared Rs.4. 16 lacs more than 30 % of the cost per unit at Rs.13.64 lacs on ground of not fulfilling the criteria.” The statement added that the EUUN presented their grievance to the concerned director for reconsideration, but, to no avail. The EUUN lamented that schemes and projects under the department were “politicized and manipulated” and alleged that no systematic procedure was followed in selection of candidates. It noted that some districts or tribes were not included every time. It also alleged that there was rampant selection of beneficiaries who has much say and little application of criteria. “It shows that the department concerned has no respect for ‘equality of opportunity’ and intelligence of younger generation. Under such circumstances the funded schemes and projects would become a total failure,” the EUUN added. The EUUN said it shall not remain a silent spectator if justice was not done to the neglected section of people.

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