Crores misappropriated in Garo council: Report

Crores of govt fund meant for implementing various schemes have been misappropriated by officials and elected members of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), an investigation has revealed.

Last Updated: Sep 07, 2010, 14:46 PM IST

Shillong: Crores of government fund meant for implementing various schemes have been misappropriated by officials and elected members of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), an investigation has revealed.

An unspent amount of Rs 3.18 crore, of the government funds received by GHADC since 2008, was not found in the Personal Ledger Account of the council, said the probe report.

A loan of Rs 1.8 lakh taken by the GHADC chairman in
2008-09 has not been recovered, while GHADC`s money was spent
on other personal grounds by him, said the report, submitted
to Chief Secretary WMS Pariat recently by Tura Deputy
Commissioner Sanjay Goyal who conducted the probe.

Revenue collection of Rs 4.12 lakh by the Trade
Regulation Office of the council was not depicted in the
registers, said the report, which also brought to fore fund
diversions in Land Reforms Department.

The investigation also revealed that the "mode of
appointment and promotions were not clear".

An anomaly of Rs 10 lakh was also found in the
Remittance Register record and the Cashier Cash Book of the
Forest Department, according to the report.

DC Sanjay Goyal said a comprehensive and detailed
audit was required to get a clearer picture.

When asked to comment, Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh said the government was examining the report. "Unless the issues are cleared, the government cannot allow installation of the GHADC executive council," Lyngdoh said.
Yesterday, the NCP had moved the Gauhati High Court
against the non-installation of the executive council of the
Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), which has been
kept under animated suspension since April.
Meghalaya cabinet on April 1 last had recommended
`administrator rule` in the GHADC in the wake of a political
instability set off after allegations that the ruling NCP had
clutched on to power despite losing majority.

PTI