Mawsynram legislator irked over unused funds

SHILLONG, Mar, 23: Congress legislator from Mawsynram, Himalaya Muktan Shangpliang on Friday rued the fact that funds available with the Lafarge’s, Special Purpose Vehicle Society (SPVS), is lying unspent.

Shangpliang was irked by the reply of, state PHE Minister, Samlain Malngniang.

“The water supply projects submitted by the department are yet to be sanctioned by the governing body of the SPV Society,” Malgniang told the House.

Annoyed with the Minister’s reply, the Mawsynram legislator said that in an similar query earlier this week, on road projects to be implemented by the SPV, the reply was almost the same.

According to Shangpliang almost Rs 100 crore was lying unutilised with the SPV Society.

“The Forest is the Nodal Department and it should have come up with answers to the questions,” the Mawsynram legislator added.

Shangpliang also said that the people living in the 54 villages under the SPV Society have been denied of facilities and developmental project.

He blamed bureaucratic wrangles as the reason for the delay in implementation of the projects.

Intervening in the matter, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma informed the House that last week, he had convened a meeting of the government, Chief Secretary and other officers to discuss implementation of the schemes under the SPV Society.

Assuring the House that the matter will be examined, Conrad said, “We will make sure the matter moves forward.”

It may be mentioned that on the directions of the Supreme Court of India the Meghalaya government constituted SPV for implementing various social welfare projects to be undertaken Lafarge.

In terms of the charted route of its commitment to the cause of social welfare of the area, Lafarge Umiam Ming Private Limited have committed to deposit with the SPV an amount of Rs. 90 per ton of minerals extracted by it.