Year 2010 `loot time in N-E`: BJP

Last Updated: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 19:07

Guwahati: Describing year 2010 as `Loot
Time in the North East`, BJP National Secretary Dr Kirit
Somaiya today alleged that Rs 46,3000 crore were either looted
or siphoned off from the state exchequers of Assam, Arunachal
Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and

"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", Somaiya alleged while presenting a report of
the BJP fact finding committee before reporters here.

BJP National President Nitin Gadkari had appointed a
three-member committee, which included Somaiya, to probe into
the various scams in the North-East by visiting the states to
unearth and document the various scams there.

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
North East.
Alleging 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 thousands of crores".

"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 claimed.

"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 averred.

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
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".


First Published: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 19:07

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