Shillong: Local NGO Hynniewtrep Youths’ Council (HYC) on Wednesday demanded a CBI probe into the alleged Rs 149 crore scam in the implementation of the Saubhagya scheme according to a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India.  

HYC has written to Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma and Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong regarding the same.  

Roy Kupar Synrem, General Secretary, HYC, said the state government should take necessary steps to initiate an investigation by the CBI into the Saubhagya scheme implementation in the state and initiate legal proceedings as per law against anyone involved.

The organisation has also demanded that power minister James Sangma be relieved of his portfolio.

“James Sangma, being the Minister-in-charge, and given the fact that the Power Department is also an interested party in the ‘alleged’ scam and multiple irregularities, it is but fair that the incumbent Power Minister should be relieved of his portfolio,” the organisation said. 

Synrem further stated that the former Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD) of MeECL Arunkumar Kembhavi should be removed as Director (Finance), MeECL. He should not be appointed in any capacity in the MeECL or the Power Department for a free and fair Inquiry into the alleged irregularities in the Power Department, he added. 

On Tuesday, the local newspaper ‘The Shillong Times’ published a report according to which the Power department provided “undue favour” to a Delhi firm by awarding the turn-key Saubhagya Scheme causing a loss of Rs 149.12 crore.

However, on Wednesday, the newspaper stated that the office of the CAG clarified that “the audit of DDLU/Saubhagya is still under process, and the audit report has not been finalised yet.”

Minister-in-charge Power James Sangma on Tuesday clarified that the CAG report pointing out the anomalies in Saubhagya Scheme as reported is a part of a query that was put to MeECL for clarification by the CAG. It is confidential until placed in the Assembly. They will constitute an inquiry and take strict disciplinary action against those officers involved in leaking the document, he added. 

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