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Rs. 2.8 cr swindled by social welfare dept: NPCC
Published on 4 Nov. 2010 12:51 AM IST
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Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) Wednesday alleged that over Rs.2.8 crore was swindled by state Department of Social Welfare (DoSW) from Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS) funds meant for old aged citizens.
Maintaining that IGNOAPS scheme was a noble scheme for senior citizens of the country, the NPCC general secretary Mghato Achumi, in a press statement, said: “The social welfare department in our state is committing a crime by denying these helpless people the right to payment due to them.”
Stating by the available records, the NPCC general secretary said there was 28053 beneficiaries in Nagaland under this scheme.
Pointing out that an amount of Rs.200 per month was sanctioned for each person, he said the actual amount to be received by each person per annum was Rs.2400.
“The amount of Rs.200 per month may be meager for any commoner but it means a lot to an old aged citizen who may be unable to earn their own livelihood,” said Achumi. According to PCC general secretary, the department, however, has paid for nine months in 2007-08 and ten months in 2008-09.
“The actual amount the department has swindled is accounted to 5 months x Rs.200 x 28053 = Rs.28053000 (two crore eighty lakh and fifty three thousand) only,” the NPCC statement highlighted. The Congress further alleged that besides this the amount drawn in March 2010 for 2009-2010 has not been released till date.
“There is no reason as to why the amount drawn could not be disbursed to the beneficiaries after a lapse of so many months,” said Achumi, and demanded the department to come out openly and explain.
Meanwhile, the NPCC expressed doubt over whether many other schemes such as Indira Gandhi National Widow Scheme, Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme and National Family Benefit schemes were implemented with transparency. In the light of the above, the NPCC demanded that department release entire amount to its beneficiaries ie. five months from 2007-2009 and also the amount drawn for 2009-2010 at the earliest.
“Congress as a responsible party will not remain silent spectator for any lapses which is detrimental to the welfare of its people,” underscored the NPCC.
Fund diversion
Anti-corruption cell of the District Congress Committee (DCC), Dimapur has accused the government of diverting funds allocated for new EAC office building at Aghunaqa under Niuland Sub-division Dimapur amounting to Rs.42 lakh.
In a communiqué released to the media, the DCC vice president & anti-corruption cell convenor H.Kisheto Chishi and anti-corruption cell member Akum Pongen demanded immediate clarification from department of CAWD headed by chief minister and parliamentary secretary into the matter.
According to DCC cell the fund for construction of New EAC office building at Aghunaqa was included in the government works programme 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.
It stated that the fund amounting to Rs.42 lakh, out of the estimate cost of Rs.60 lakh, approved by the Nagaland legislative assembly, was diverted towards the construction of EAC rest house at Seithekie.
Asserting that Aghunaqa area had been demanding for EAC headquarters since its existence many years back which was fulfilled only in 2009, the DCC said the office was still functioning without any infrastructure and with lots of inconvenience till date.
Further, questioning the authority responsible on why the fund was diverted though it was clearly meant for EAC Aghunaqa building programme, the DCC cell asked what was the alternate arrangement.
“If there is no such, we would like to put forth to the authority to revoke at the above diversion works and start the work as laid down in the work programme at the earliest…” they demanded.

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