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The Mizoram govt failed to carry on the pending projects despite allocation of over Rs 1,000 crore in the New Economic Development Programme, the MNF alleged
The Mizoram govt failed to carry on the pending projects despite allocation of over Rs 1,000 crore in the New Economic Development Programme, the MNF alleged|Representational image
MIZORAM

Mizoram: MNF questions ‘missing’ funds during Cong rule

Rs 3.04 crore meant for construction of a tourist lodge in Khawzawl not utilised during the time of Lal Thanhawla government, alleges vigilance cell of the ruling party

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: The Mizo National Front’s (MNF) vigilance cell on Saturday alleged that Rs 3.04 crore meant for construction of a tourist lodge was missing during the Congress rule and demanded a probe into it.

MNF vigilance committee secretary David R Lalsawmtluanga told reporters on Saturday that the erstwhile UPA government had sanctioned crores of rupees to the Mizoram government for various projects under the Product Infrastructure Development for Destination Circuit (PIDDC) Scheme.

However, when the NDA came to power in 2014, the remaining final installment amounting to more than Rs 40 crore was de-linked by the Centre, he said.

“While many states continued with their projects despite the remaining installment being discontinued, the Mizoram government headed by Lal Thanhawla failed to carry on the pending projects despite allocating over Rs 1,000 crore in its flagship programme -- New Economic Development Programme (NEDP),” he said.

He said that the Congress government issued a work order of Rs 3.37 core to Royal Engineering and Architectural Consultancy firm in February, 2014 for the construction of a tourist lodge in Khawzawl town of Champhai district. But the project was halted mid-way due to non-receipt of fund.

Lalsawmtluanga alleged that the Congress government drew Rs 3.04 crore from the NEDP on the eve of assembly elections in 2018 for completion of the remaining 20% of Khawzawl tourist lodge and six other projects. “The Congress government neither resumed the construction of the lodge nor constructed six other projects,” he alleged.

He said that a resident of Khawzawl town, identified as PC Chuauhnuna, on Friday lodged a complaint with the state’s Lokayukta, asking a probe into the alleged graft.

Lalsawmtluanga also alleged that the Congress government misappropriated other funds and sought a probe into it.