Congress alleged that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) instated to probe Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGA) ‘enjoyed the hospitality of DRDA Zunheboto’, “connived” with DRDA and signed documents stating that records were in proper order.
To address complaints in Nagaland over the implementation of the scheme, the Ministry of Rural Department New Delhi had instituted a special investigation team for Nagaland.
The team led by Mutsuthan Kithan OSD RD, Kohima, arrived at Zunheboto on July 5 for investigation. Ex minister and PCC member Khutovi Aye, ex MLA and PCC member Hukavi Zhimomi and also Inavi Jimomi, PCC members reached Zunheboto on the same day to receive them and to offer assistance but were denied.
The PCC members in a press release also alleged that SIT team members were “led to believe that there was no problem in Zunheboto district regarding MGNERGA implementation and thus the team visited only Aotsakilimi village under Atoizu constituency, when the real complainants for MGNREGA funds were Zunheboto, Satakha, and Surhuto.”
The Congress members further questioned the credibility of SIT team for MGNREGA and DRDA officials for their “investigation” in Zunheboto district.