Misappropriation of over Rs 4 lakh crore in NE, claims BJP
BJP on Monday alleged that there has been a "systematic swindling" of public money in the northeast in 2010 and claimed that a whopping Rs 4,63,000 crore was either looted or siphoned off from the states` exchequers.
Guwahati: BJP on Monday alleged that there
has been a "systematic swindling" of public money in the
northeast in 2010 and claimed that a whopping Rs 4,63,000
crore was either looted or siphoned off from the states`
"Systematic swindling of public money in the state
exchequer, embezzlement, fraud and rampant corruption by
politicians in power and officials have been witnessed in all
these states-- (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya,
Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim)," Somaiya said, while
presenting a report of the BJP fact finding committee before
BJP National President Nitin Gadkari had appointed a
three-member committee, which included Somaiya, to probe into
various alleged scams in the northeast.
He said perusing records of CAG, Central Vigilance
Commission (CVC) and interaction with various quarters, the
BJP committee had found that embezzlement, misappropriation
and frauds had become a culture of the ruling party in the
Alleging that government money meant for development
and poverty alleviation was looted, the senior BJP leader
said, "Data for 50 different scams was collected with the loot
in hydropower scam going beyond Rs four lakh crore and
corruption as well as kickbacks running into 20,000 crore.
He said the scams in Assam, Manipur, Arunachal,
Sikkim, Nagaland and Mizoram amount to Rs 43,000 crore.
"Sampoorna Grameen Rozgar Yojana (SGRY) and Food for
Work meant for the poor and below poverty line (BPL) people do
not reach them but is misappropriated by ministers and their
family members," Somaiya said.
In almost all these states rice meant for distribution
to the poor does not reach the state but via Assam goes
straight to Bangladesh. Simultaneously, transportation charges
and subsidies are claimed in hundreds of crores and pocketed
by transport contractors who are the ministers` family
members, he said.
The BJP leader also attacked the Tarun Gogoi-led
Congress government, referring to the CAG report, which found
"serious discrepancy in the state budget with an excess fund
of over Rs 200 crore released to the N C Hills was an
indicator of corruption in the state".
Referring to Arunachal Pradesh, he said, "The state
has become a soft target for scamsters, including chief
ministers, with the hydro power scam involving Arunachal and
the Centre being one of the biggest scams of the region.
"A total of 137 hydro projects extending up to 70,000
MW were signed in non-transparent and suspicious manner while
projects worth crores were signed in a short period by
allotment to non-existing or just formed companies," Somaiya