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GHADC files FIR against contractor for misappropriation of central funds



TURA: Authorities in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council are seeking get arrested a woman contractor who had withdrawn several lakh rupees in central funds but failed to undertake the project in the plains belt region of West Garo Hills district.

The Deputy Chief Executive Member (DyCEM) in the Congress –ruled Executive Committee of the GHADC, Wenison Ch Marak, filed a police FIR against her in the Tura police station on Thursday.

Last year, Narendra Modi-led government at the centre provided the GHADC with a one-time Special Assistance Fund of Rs 100 Crores for undertaking developmental works.

The Congress which at that time was in the Opposition in the council, had accused the NPP-GNC-BJP alliance of turning a blind eye to the misappropriation of the funds.

Since coming to power three months ago, the new Executive Committee headed by the Congress has begun a review of the works allotted under the central funding.

During one such inspection it was found that the contractor from Bholarbita in Phulbari region, Aliza Begum, had failed to undertake any construction despite release of 60 percent of the scheme money.

Under the SACS scheme of 2015-16, the lady contractor was allotted a project to construct a community hall valued at Rs 9 Lakh 50,000/- at Bholarbita village of Shyamnagar GDC constituency.

Though the project was allotted to her on October 19th of 2016 she failed to undertake any work despite 60 percent of the money released to her at the time of obtaining the work order.

The authorities in the district council have reportedly identified around 50 to 60 contractors who despite bagging projects worth lakhs of rupees failed to either undertake or complete the works. More police FIRs are expected to be filed in the coming days, reveal council sources.






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