SHILLONG, Nov 8: Bernard N Marak, vice president, of the State unit of the BJP has alleged that ministers involved in the rampant illegal transportation of coal have gone to such an extent that the Court order passed in favour of Salgira R Marak, Director of Printing and Stationery has been overlooked.
“Desperate attempt to amend the service book was made to remove Mr Salgira R Marak from the post,” Marak alleged.
It may be mentioned that on September 17, 2020, the Meghalaya High Court ruled in favour of Director, Printing & Stationery, Salgira R Marak, in a case involving arbitrary transfer as OSD, (personnel) to accommodate the Joint Director, EDR Tariang who has completed only one years of service in this post.
The vice-president of the State BJP, alleged that the plan to take over the Printing and Stationery Department was most probably to print “fake challans” to transport coal illegally.
He alleged that the access to the department by these Ministers will enable them to personalise the printing of challans at their mercy and the State government will lose huge revenue.
Marak alleged that relentless effort is being made to take over the department which prints all Government challans, forms, PWD cheque books.
“BJP is keeping an eye on the activities of certain Ministers who are desperately trying to manipulate the system by appointing their loyal officers into the high ranked post without any legal proceedings,” the state BJP leader said.
According to him, Marak who is the Director of Printing and Stationery has been targeted by some Ministers for failing to comply with their dictates.
The State BJP leader alleged that after the disappearance of huge amounts of coal, attempts are now being made to print “fake challans”.
“Ministers are desperate to take control of the Printing and Stationery Department because all the challans required for the transportation of coal are printed here,” he alleged.
Marak also targeted, NCP MLA Saleng A. Sangma, for saying that “BJP is selective in raising corruption issues”.
He said that at present, BJP is taking up major issues which have affected the development of the state and growth of the people in general but that does not mean that we are not aware of the smaller irregularities in different constituencies.
Marak alleged that the Gambegre legislator should not forget that the list of beneficiaries who availed the “25 Lakhs MLA Relief Scheme” during Lockdown is missing.
The BJP leader said that it will be very interesting to know how Gambegre people were cheated with “ghost beneficiaries” and how 5 kg of rice issued by Prime MInister Narendra Modi during lockdown failed to reach the people of Gambegre and schemes for the daily wage earners also failed to reach his people in his constituency.
“BJP has good information on corruption and irregularities which most MLAs are unaware of but BJP is focused on major issues at the moment,” Marak said.