Shillong, Apr 8: The statement of health minister, AL Hek over his ignorance on the many cases of tax evasion in India along with a huge number of cases filed against the Kali Pradip Chaudhuri led KPC group has not gone down too well with the CSWO, who asked the minister to check through the archives of various news reports on the company’s wrong doings.
“The matter was raised by the now home minister, James Sangma, in the Assembly, while he was in the opposition so the question of him not knowing about the group does not rise. The question that now stands is why the government still keen on working with the group that has a history of fraud,” asked CSWO president, Agnes Kharshiing?
The KPC group was awarded the Rs 250 project on the development of the Shillong Medical College during the first term of the Mukul Sangma led MPA government in 2011. The delay in the start of the project has now ensured that the costs have escalated to around Rs 400 crores and counting.
The KPC group which had earlier advertised a pharmaceutical firm amongst their list of companies was found to have lied about the firm after an inspection of the site proved that the pharma company was something it had in name only.
Even the medical college that the KPC runs came under scrutiny after the medical college and hospital (named KPC Hospital on paper) was found to be KPC Memorial Hospital in memory of someone else in Kolkata. The group’s strong links with political parties has however allowed it free hand in its operations.
CSWO, which has been working to unearth the anomalies within the company, has provided a huge amount of details of the fraud being committed by the company to the Enforcement Directorate at Guwahati in Assam.
“We were informed that a FEMA case has been registered against the owner. We have also raised this issue in the influx meet with the former CM amidst many other NGOs wherein the Chief Secretary and the former Law Secretary was present,” said Agnes.
“How can the government work with a company that has such bad credentials and there are cases against them. They have also been fined for tax evasion in West Bengal which suggests that the working of the group is beyond credible. When this new government has stated that it does not want to work with corrupt people, they should live up to it and initiate an investigation against the group to find out,” added Agnes.
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