TURA, April 21 - An RTI query made by a BJP member in poll-bound Williamnagar today revealed anomalies in the execution of projects undertaken by the then GHADC CEM, Denang T Sangma.
BJP member Nilbath Ch Marak had sought information on the status of projects undertaken by Denang in Williamnagar out of the Rs 100.71 crore Central fund received by the Council. Though most of the projects are still incomplete or have not been done according to the specifications, the same have been shown as complete and the money has been withdrawn.
The complaint against the NPP-led EC, specifically the CEM who hails from Williamnagar, was sent on April 17 to the office of the Union Minister in charge of Tribal Affairs, seeking action to curb rampant corruption in the implementation of the SPA projects.
“With great constraint, I would like to lodge the strongest complaint against the NPP-led EC of the GHADC for gross misappropriation of the SPA of Rs 100.71 crores,” said the complainant.
As many as 48 projects were undertaken by the then CEM of GHADC, Denang Sangma, for Williamnagar, most of which, according to the complaint, exist on paper alone.
According to the RTI, a sum of Rs 5,79,35,673 had been sanctioned for the implementation of the projects for Williamnagar under Denang Sangma.
“The projects were awarded to only a few people. Also, when we did a spot verification of the various projects mentioned in the RTI, there were ghost (or duplicate projects) as 19 projects are yet to be implemented,” said Marak in the complaint.
“Even those projects that have been completed are of poor quality and do not match the amount sanctioned for them,” added the complaint.
The complaint also spoke of duplicity. “On paper there are two guest houses of the GHADC in Williamnagar, but in reality there is only one. The other one (duplicate) is shown as having cost over Rs 76 lakh for its construction. Similarly, there are two brick walls being shown as constructed though there is only one that we found on verification,” stated the complaint.
Marak further raised the issue of the works having been awarded to only a few contractors. “Another mala-fide intention is allotment of a huge number of projects to a single contractor. Normally only one project is given to a contractor, but one contractor got 20 projects.”
Marak said that if 19 out of 48 projects could go missing in just one constituency, it is worrisome what might have happened out of the total of 1,167 projects sanctioned by the NPP-led coalition.