The Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) has asked the state government to institute a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry to probe into the alleged scam in the Saubhagya scheme implementation in the state.
“The state government should take necessary steps to initiate an investigation by the CBI into the implementation of Saubhagya scheme in the state and to initiate legal proceedings as per law against anyone involved of illegality,” HYC general secretary Roy Kupar Synrem said in a letter to the Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Wednesday.
This was following an “interim audit report” of the Comptroller General of India (CAG) which allegedly observed various irregularities in the award of the contract for the scheme to the contractor thereby causing a loss of Rs 149.12 crore to the state besides providing undue favour to a particular company.
Synrem however said, “We strongly feel given the fact that there are serious allegations of corruptions and malpractices pertaining to the Saubhagya scheme, the terms of reference of the Inquiry Committee should not include inquiring into the implementation of Saubhagya Scheme.”
“…the observations made by the office of the CAG is very serious and cast a doubt on the proper and clean implementation of the Saubhagya Scheme in the state and hence requires an investigation by the premiere investigative agency…the CBI exclusively for the Saubhaya Scheme and to initiate appropriate actions as per law against anyone found guilty of an offence,” he added.
The HYC further demanded the chief minister to relieve the present minister in-charge of power James K Sangma to ensure a free and fair investigation into the matter.
“James K. Sangma, being the Minister I/c Power Department and given the fact that the Power Department is also an interested party in the ‘alleged’ scam and multiple irregularities it is but fair that the incumbent Power Minister should be relieved of his portfolio,” Synrem said.
He said the former CMD of MeECL Arunkumar Kembhavi should also be removed from the post of Director (Finance), MeECL and not to be appointed in any capacity in the MeECL or its subsidiaries or in the power department for a free and fair inquiry into the alleged irregularities in the department.