Congress alleges Rs 10,000 crore embezzlement by Khandu govt

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Itanagar, Sept 14 (PTI): Opposition Congress on Thursday alleged embezzlement of Rs 10,000 crore by the BJP government in Arunachal Pradesh and demanded a CBI probe into it.

“The Pema Khandu-led government has embezzled funds to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore through Revised Estimate (RE) and Special Infrastructure Development Fund (SIDF) during  2016-17 and through composite schemes in 2017-18 financial year,” Arunachal Pradesh CC president Takam Sanjoy told reporters here.

Armed with an official letter written by chief secretary, Shakuntala Doley Gamlin to finance commissioner, Ashis Kundra recently, he alleged criminal conspiracies in embezzling government fund on the pretext of composite sanction by the government.

Gamlin’s letter, a copy of which was made available to the press stated, “The office memorandums ibid are violative of the doctrine of checks and balances and militate against the very principles of financial propriety and the basic tenets of financial prudence.

“Therefore, it is imperative that the procedure laid out for financial year 2016-17 is reviewed urgently with a view to address the issues raised in this note,” it said.

Sanjoy said that under composite sanction schemes of departments do not have any particular detailed project report (DPR) but sanctions were made for cluster of schemes in one file.

“In such a situation how will one scrutinise schemes and who is the appropriate authority to go for expenditure sanction?” he asked.

Sanjoy said, deputy chief minister, Chowna Mein, who is also the finance minister, passed all the composite schemes.

Urging the governor, the prime minister and the president for initiating a CBI investigation into the embezzlement, he said that Khandu should own moral responsibility and resign as chief minister.

He alleged that Khandu accompanied by union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju had recently met union home minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi and requested him to immediately remove the chief secretary from the state. Congress he said would not ‘tolerate’ such a step.

“We will expose all the evil designs of the BJP government in the state before the people. The embezzlement formula is to capture pocket money for the BJP, share of which is being enjoyed by the central leadership of the party,” Sanjoy alleged and added that Congress has full proof of the scam.

Lashing out at the Khandu government, Sanjoy alleged that 60 per cent of budgetary allocation went to two Tawang and Namsai districts which are represented by the chief minister and deputy chief minister.

He also alleged that the law and order situation in Arunachal under BJP is fast deteriorating and people are living in fear.

Sanjoy also criticized the Centre’s beef ban policy saying that beef is an integral part of the food of tribal communities and demanded that it be lifted.

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