CM on expenditure on purchasing sodium hypochlorite


Replying to a query during the ongoing autumn session of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has denied that over Rs 8 crore was spent on the purchase of sodium hypochlorite.


“The amount that was spent on this (sodium hypochlorite) was only Rs 1 crore and not Rs 8 crore. The rest of the amount was actually spent for disinfecting and sanitizing different buildings and centres,” Sangma clarified in the Assembly on Tuesday.


He was replying to the allegation made by Congress legislator from Mawsynram, Himalaya Shangpliang that the National Health Mission (NHM) had spent a whopping amount of Rs 8.30 crore for the purchase and supply of sodium hypochlorite during April-May, this year.


Alleging that the purchase was done without any tendering process, Shangpliang also asked if the department can justify where they have sprayed the sodium hypochlorite.


Terming it as wasteful expenditure, the MLA said this is the reason why the state is seeing a huge expenditure of Rs 400 crore in fighting COVID.


Also demanding special audit against “unwanted expenditures”, Shangpliang said the government should refrain from the unnecessary renovation of offices, furniture, purchase of television sets, etc as these would only tarnish the image of the government.


The MLA further alleged that the NHM has been appointing people without following the due process of recruitment.


“The NHM has been appointing people left, right, and centre. People from outside the state have also found a place in the appointment. Who is the final authority to appoint these people? Is there any process of recruitment? Has there been an interview or test? These people have just come from backdoors and we cannot allow this to happen when our own people are not getting employment, how people from outside are getting employed here?” he asked.