Mukul asks Governor to initiate enquiry into alleged siphoning of funds in GHADC

SHILLONG, Sep 15: Senior Congress legislator and leader of opposition Dr. Mukul Sangma has written to the Governor, Satya Pal Malik for instituting an enquiry by an independent body and imposition of Administrator’s Rule in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC). 

“The allegation are serious in nature and revolves around alleged misappropriation and siphoning-off of crores of rupees from the developmental fund provided to GHADC for the development of backward tribal areas and for the welfare of our poor tribal residents,” Dr. Sangma states in the letter to the Governor.

It may be mentioned that the BJP, which is a junior partner in the ruling National People’s Party (NPP)-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government last week demanded for a CBI probe into the matter.

The leader of opposition stated that it is also irony that the fund released to the autonomous district councils were based on a continuous and productive engagement with the concerned ministries, including the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, for providing special allocation of fund to the ADCs for development and welfare of the people in backward tribal areas in view of the fact that the 14th Finance Commission Recommendation did not cover ADCs for receiving of grant/award under the recommendation of the 14th Finance Commissions unlike for the Panchayati Raj institutions.

He said that the financial mismanagement and alleged corruption in GHADC has also brought untold sufferings to the employees of the council due to non payment of salaries for last two years crippling its functioning thus defeating the very purpose of its existence.

“I have also reason to believe that the allegations have enough substance and express my apprehension, based on the inputs received, that a concerted effort is being put for destruction of the evidence of the alleged corruption by the people in authority which must be prevented immediately in the interest of the people of the State,” Dr. Sangma said. 

The leader of opposition reiterated that delay in action shall facilitate the people involved in the alleged corruption to get off scot-free; emboldening corrupt people and thus perpetuate corruption.