By A O News Service
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Alleging that RWD Minister Bamang Felix in connivance with Chief Minister Pema Khandu has been forcing officers to collect 6% from contractors of new PMGSY projects irrespective of the amount and 2% at second stage of those projects in a bid to mobilize funds for the ensuring 2019 assembly and Lok Sabha elections.
Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Takam Sanjoy, while producing documentary evidences in support of his claim on Tuesday, claimed that the collected fund in cash could run into Rs 166.225 crore (Rs 132.87 crore of 6% and Rs 33.35 crore of 2%) that too collected before floating tenders of those projects and demanded CBI probe against the duo. Moreover, Union MoS (Home) Krien Rijiju also gets a cut of the collected funds, he also alleged.
Pointing out that hard earned public fund allocated by the Centre meant for development cannot be siphoned off by the ruling party for political purposes; he said, adding moving special investigation cell (SIC) being dictated by the state government would yield no result. Regrettably, the chief secretary despite being chief vigilance officer is a silent spectator to such embezzlement spree. Thus, the party representatives would leave for New Delhi soon to lodge a complaint with the Central Bureau of Investigation against the duo for embezzlement of public fund in broad daylight, he informed.
“I have alerted one of the senior authorities of the ruling BJP Govt to caution that the Govt should not behave like a cat to drink milk with closed eyes under the impression that none is watching. The opposition Congress is keeping an eagle’s eye on each move of the Govt,” he said with conviction.
“I have concrete evidences of transactions including the payees seeking loan at the rate of 120% to pay bribe to get the projects,” he said and conveyed his sympathy to the officers who have been coerced to toe the ruling Govt’s dictation and cautioned them to beware of such illegal acts and not to get influenced by any out of was orders of higher ups.
He also cautioned the contractors not to invest in such project under such circumstances as the end results could be disastrous and they may lose their money.
Sanjoy further cautioned that the civil society has been watching and taking note of such illegal activities and taking note as their rights to development has been jeopardized.
Moreover, the state Congress had leveled allegations of awarding PMGSY and state infrastructure development fund (SIDF) schemes in lieu of votes bypassing the authorities of local MLAs, including belonging to BJP. Thus, the party wondered how could RWD float tenders for those works whose first stage works are yet to start? This is a clear example of siphoning of fund, contrary to the present Govt’s vow to eradicate corruption.
The Congress will never allow doing such illegal activities and meet state governor soon to submit a memorandum, he said, adding “Lotus, the symbol of BJP, stand for purity but regrettably the lotus has been spreading pollution of corruption and would dry up soon as lotus cannot bloom in hills”.
This daily has documents that three prominent local denizens have already taken legal recourse against the state Govt for defrauding the state exchequer.