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Call to stem ‘rampant corruption’

 GUWAHATI, June 30 - Voluntary organisation Assam Public Works (APW) has appealed to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to look into the matter of rampant corruption in the State government departments and accordingly take remedial measures.

 In a statement, APW said some corrupt officials and contractors are looting the State exchequer taking advantage of the situation created by COVID-19. They have now opened a new chapter of corruption in the history of the State.

Corrupt contractors are drawing crores of rupees from the exchequer even when COVID-19 has brought all official activities to a standstill. This has become possible due to their proximity to some influential ministers, APW alleged.

Some of these contractors have earned notoriety for supplying spurious drugs to the government under the NHM project, while some others are notorious for their high-handedness and for supplying low quality tents and food at government functions. Names of some of them are also connected with the scandal in procuring PPE kits from China, it said.

To divert people’s attention from their misdeeds by projecting themselves as messiahs, these contractors are now donating fractions of their loot to the government fund raised to fight COVID-19, APW further alleged.

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