Meghalaya news 24 exclusive
While the issue of corruption and misappropriation of funds in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council has pulled everyone’s attention with Bharatiya Janata Party while unearthing the alleged corruption sought CBI inquiry. The Leader of Opposition in Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, Dr. Mukul Sangma has expressed fear that the rampant corruption in the state will make people especially the youths lose hope in the system of Governance. He also advocated that any action as per law is required to create a strong deterrence so that in the future people will not have the courage to indulge in this kind of rampant corruption.
Demanding the timely action into the alleged corruption in GHADC, Dr. Sangma said, “Timely action is very important and if action is not taken on time than the destruction of evidence itself is a crime but the issue here is any action as per law is required to create a strong deterrence so that in future people will not have the courage to indulge in this kind of rampant corruption.”He added.”Or else this will create a sense of frustration, anger, people will start losing hope, losing confidence in our system that’s why timely action is important and I have urged upon the governor to ensure that this happens and law of the land prevails.“
Sangma has recently written a letter to Governor Satya Pal Malik demanding an independent inquiry into the alleged siphon of funds in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) and urging him to also impose an Administrator’s Rule in the Council.
Alleging that the government is focused more on other things and not focused on creating avenues of opportunities for people across the state, the Former Chief Minister pointed out that the state has not been able to create new jobs for the people.
Due to the COVID pandemic, thousands of youth lost their jobs while several returned. “All the jobs which were available before the youths or job seekers, the vacancies which emerged in last two-three years were not being filled up and I have reason to believe that the government doesn’t want to fill up these vacancies,” the CLP leader alleged adding, “Thereby do not want to create opportunities for the youths.”
Sharing his apprehension that several unemployed youths can be the victim of insurgent outfits operating from across the border, Dr. Mukul Sangma, said, “We have created a special force in our state police department when the state was confronted with the militancy and during the problem of insurgency where frequent kidnapping, extortion, murder were regular phenomena. The government in the preceding years during our time we had a complete sense of commitment to restore peace.”
“Peace must be sustained, and it was not an easy task. People of the state have suffered for long years. We must understand the vulnerability of the state as to what is going to happen in the absence of hope for the youth. They will become the victim of the forces which is constantly working in this part of the country,” the former CM said adding, “Northeastern region is vulnerable to militancy, terrorism and because of the historical and the geopolitical politics, many of the insurgent outfits are still active, they are still operating from across the border. So we have to be very careful, or the peace that we have restored can’t be sustained. “
Focusing further on the siphon of funds in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), Dr. Sangma said, “If there is an instance of an allegation of corruption, the people in authority must respond to such allegations of corruption and must verify. Find out if there is any substance in such allegations of corruption.”
“I think they have bitten more than what they can chew, so therefore it is coming out openly as if you visit any of the areas where allegations of corruption have taken place across the Garo Hills region you will find the allegation of corruption in the ground itself. Under the circumstances, if the Government has any kind of inputs what is the expected line of action? The response is that they should take action as per the law of the land,” Sangma added.
Stating that the people of the state have been very specific to have a law which will have strong deterrence against corruption, the former chief minister said, “Deterrence infuses a sense of fear to indulge in corruption and here you can see there is no fear for law whether it is an alleged corruption in respect of illegal coal mining, or where in respect of alleged corruption in GHADC, there is no sense of fear. “
Alleging that the whole scenario only indicates that people who are indulging in corruption are getting more and more emboldened, he said, “It will only embolden all those people who have predetermined intent of looting the state as it will perpetuate corruption.”