NPCC accuses govt of diverting MGNREGA fund, indulging in corruption

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 6/24/2020 11:06:59 AM IST

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has accused the state government of waiting for release of fund by the Centre to disburse, convert and divert MGNREGA fund and indulge in corruption. 

In a release, NPCC president K Therie alleged that instead of paying 100 days’ wages, the government paid only for a few days and sometimes even below 10 days in a year, while the remaining amount disappeared. He alleged that even the fund released by Union Tribal Affairs Ministry under Article 275(1) also mysteriously disappeared with CAG report unable to verify the projects.

He said loans for development were taken and shared like the high court complex at Kohima and indoor stadium at Dimapur. Due to 17 years of misrule, he said educated unemployed youth had to venture outside while many joined NNPG factions to collect taxes.

Pointing out that children born in 1997 when the ceasefire agreement was signed were now graduates and post-graduates and that talks with all factions had concluded on October 30t, 2019, Therie accused the State government of playing delaying tactics by demanding “inclusive solution” of all factions instead of demanding implementation of solution.

Demanding implementation of solution without any further delay, he said in such a situation the unemployed youth could not harbour hope from the government. Delay in implementation of solution was a major reason for lack investment and creation of jobs in Nagaland, he stressed.

The NPCC chief said the government had sealed the opportunity of obtaining loans through mortgage of property by denying application of SARFAESI Act, even as it had no plan to facilitate funding of private production lines.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced Rs 20-lakh crore economic package to boost the country’s economy, while Nagaland would hardly require Rs 1,000 crore. He said banks and other financial institutions were perhaps ready and awaiting applications for collateral-free loans.

Noting that there was serious trust deficit among lenders due to non-repayment of loans, Therie urged the new loanees to remove that trust deficit by paying dues in time. 

He observed that beneficiaries of PMRY loans selected by political leaders had mostly failed to make their projects take off and also failed to repay.

He suggested that villages and communities could decide to stand as guarantors for agricultural loans and micro entrepreneurs in their areas by mortgaging land of loanees. 

“Come forward with open hearts and support loans by way of providing land and other logistics support for all micro, small and medium enterprises,” he appealed.

Agriculture being the mainstay for Nagaland, he stressed on its improved production.



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