AIZAWL, May 22 - The Congress media department today said the Mizoram Lokayukta has given the nod to an inquiry into the procurement of alleged low quality personal protection equipment (PPE) kits.
According to a source, the Lokayukta on May 19 ordered the State Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to conduct a preliminary inquiry into “anomalies” in procurement of PPE kits and other medical equipment by the State Government to fight against COVID-19.
Secretary of the media department of Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee C Lalhriatpuia had filed an FIR with the ACB on May 1, seeking a probe into the procurement of inferior PPE and other medical kits.
The consignment had arrived in Mizoram on March 27 in an Air India cargo plane. The State Government had spent Rs 99,95,200 for procurement of the equipment, excluding Rs 16,23,000 spent on the chartered plane.
COVID-19 Medical Operational Team chairman and MLA Dr ZR Thiamsanga, in a press statement on April 4, stated that the consignment included inferior PPE kits that had to be disposed.