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RTI exposes `anomalies’ in SRWP implementation in  Jaintia Hills LACs

SHILLONG: An RTI filed by Meghalaya People’s United Front (MPUF) has exposed anomalies in the implementation of Special Rural Works Programme (SRWP) by four MLAs from Jaintia Hills.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, MPUF president, Dawanpoimi Laloo stated that the representatives from Nartiang, Mookaiaw, Raliang and Khliehriat had not followed the strict guidelines of SWRP scheme as Utilization Certificates (UC) were not submitted even after six months after implementation of projects.

Speaking on Nartiang which is represented by Congress MLA Sniawbhalang Dhar, the RTI revealed that there was a balance of Rs 6, 90, 000 from a total sanctioned amount of Rs 1 crore for the year 2014-15.

Again for 2015-16 the balance was Rs 14, 45, 000 against the sanction of Rs 1 crore while for the year 2016-17 out of a total sanction of Rs 2 crore the remaining balance was Rs 5, 35, 000.

On the other hand, for Raliang represented by Power Minister Comingone Ymbon, Laloo stated that the Utilization Certificate had not been provided though the total sanctioned amount of Rs 2 crore for the scheme was used.

“Though the Rs 2 crore has been used yet there is has not been any utilization certificate. We will try to get information from the nodal officer,” he said.

However, while referring to Mookaiaw constituency which is represented by Robinus Syngkon who has decided to join Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Laloo said, “It is too perfect. But it has no utilization on schemes to show whether the schemes were implemented properly or not.”

The most confusing is Khliehriat constituency represented by Justine Dkhar who along with Syngkon have decided to join the BJP.

Michal Chyrmang, president, MPUF Khliehriat circle said that Rs 54, 84, 736 remained as balance from Rs 1 crore sanctioned for the year 2013-14.

“For the construction of a basketball playground of for his own school, Ambrose Memorial Secondary School, the MLA donated Rs 5, 35, 000 and also Rs 2, 30,000 to construct the bust of Kiang Nangbah,” he said.

“For the year 2014-15 and 2015-16 the balance amount is Rs 21 lakhs and Rs 18 lakhs respectively,” he added.
In connection with the anomalies found, Laloo said that the organsation will file a PIL after they got information on the utilisation certificates.

He alleged that the remaining balance may have been used by the MLAs for their own benefit and cautioned the MLAs that they should implement schemes meant for the welfare of the public in a fair manner.





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