Shillong: The Leader of Opposition Dr Mukul Sangma on Tuesday has written to the Governor of Meghalaya Satya Pal Malik urging enquiry by an independent body into the alleged corruption in the two Autonomous District Councils (ADCs).
In a letter submitted to the Governor via an email, Dr Sangma said that there is a serious allegation of rampant corruption that has allegedly taken place in the ADCs particularly in the GHADC adding that the same has been reported by the media.
The letter further reads, “There have been media reports based on information made available by RTI activists of alleged corruption in GHADC. The allegations are serious and revolve around alleged misappropriation and siphoning-off of crores of rupees from the developmental fund provided to GHADC for the development of backward tribal areas and the welfare of our poor tribal residents.”
Dr Mukul added that it is also an irony that the fund released to the ADCs were based on our continuous and productive engagement with the concerned ministries, including the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, for providing special allocation of fund to the ADCs for development and welfare of the people in backward tribal areas in view of the fact that the 14th Finance Commission Recommendation did not cover ADCs for receiving of grant/award under the recommendation of the 14th Finance Commissions unlike for the Panchayati Raj institutions.
“The financial mismanagement and alleged corruption in GHADC has also brought untold sufferings to the employees of the council due to non payment of salaries for last two years crippling the functioning of the ADC thus defeating the very purpose of its existence. I have also reason to believe that the allegations have enough substance and express my apprehension, based on the inputs received, that a concerted effort is being put for ‘destruction of the evidence” of the alleged corruption by the people in authority which must be prevented immediately in the interest of the people of the State,” Dr Sangma stated in the letter.
While urging the Governor to invoke provision of Para 16 (2) of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India, he said that an independent enquiry be instituted as per law in the best interest of the people and the State.
He emphasised that delay in action shall facilitate the people involved in the alleged corruption to get off scot-free; embolden corrupt people and thus perpetuate corruption.
Dr Sangma’s response comes amid corruption charges made by state BJP against NPP-led Executive Committee (EC) in both the JHADC and GHADC. The BJP had also mentioned that they have written to the Central government demanding for a CBI probe into the alleged misappropriation of the Central funds.
The state BJP has claimed that their charges are not baseless and is backed with substantial proof and valid documents.
On the alleged misappropriation of funds in the GHADC, the state BJP leaders said, “Almost 50% of all projects undertaken by the GHADC are only on papers.”
Following these allegations, state BJP President Ernest Mawrie has also threatened to withdraw its support to the NPP led MDA government if the corruption goes on in these two ADCs.
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