Prestone Tynsong

Shillong: Meghalaya Power Minister Prestone Tynsong on Wednesday rubbished the the publication of a news item in a local daily pertaining to raid and seizure of documents from MeECL office.

The power minister termed the news report by the local daily “baseless”.

A news item was published on Wednesday, stating that a raid was carried out by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) at the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) headquarters and documents relating to implementation of Saubhagya Scheme were seized.

The power minister claimed that communication between the enforcement directorate and MeECL has been taking place since October, 2021. He urged the media to verify facts prior to publishing any news reports.

“Facts need to be checked and verified before publishing which otherwise affects the credibility of newspapers. The news item is not at all acceptable as there were no such seizures or raids in the office of MeECL,” said Tynsong.

He said an official communication between the ED with MeECL happened between October and November in 2020 wherein the ED sought clarification seeking necessary requirements and documents. The MeECL has furnished all the related documents and information sought, he said.

“A few more clarifications were sought and those were also duly submitted to the ED; the question of raid and seizure does not arise,” the power minister said.

“Be it the independent inquiry committee on the irregularities in MeECL, headed by retired Justice RN Mishra, or the documents, the MeECL has provided everything to the ED,” clarified Tynsong.

On being asked about what documents were sought, Tynsong refused to divulge information but said whatever documents were sought have been submitted.

He agreed that it could be a procedure followed by the ED that in case an RTI or any complaint has been filed, they will send communications to any department seeking clarification. He added that the documents being sought could also relate with the CAG report.

Concerning the delay in making public the independent inquiry report that was submitted on March 30, Tynsong said that the report was submitted to the government under political department. The report is being studied by the department and then it will be sent to power department. 

The Meghalaya power department, particularly the MeECL, drew flak after several allegations of irregularities were made. A committee was constituted to inquire into, record findings and make recommendations concerning the procurement, AT&C losses human resources management aspects of functioning of MeECL. The inquiry also pertains to the implementation of the Saubhagya scheme.

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