SHILLONG, July 14: Coming down heavily on senior bureaucrat, Himalaya Muktan Shangpliang who has been accused of misusing his official position to further his political aspirations, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) has demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the officer’s activities.
In this regard, a delegation of the BJYM had met the Chief Secretary, Y Tshering here on Friday wherein they have also demanded that Shangpliang is placed under suspension.
Opining that Shangpliang has violated the provisions of the All India Services (Conduct) Rules, 1968 by participating in a recent meeting of the ruling Congress party, Meghalaya BJYM president Egenstar Kurkalang said, “He even speaks in favour of the Congress which he cannot as a government servant.”
A video clip of the meeting which also went viral on social media shows Shangpliang taking part in a Congress meeting held at Lawbah village on July 8.
“The government should also initiate a CBI probe because if a government servant is actively participating in political activity we have every reason to doubt that there is misuse of government schemes through indirect influence on the people,” he said.
Shangpliang is holding the posts of Director of Social Welfare Department, Secretary of General Administration Department (GAD), Secretary to the Chief Adviser to the Government and Mission Director, National Health Mission and Meghalaya Health Insurance Scheme.
“We have also received complaints that there are many schemes under the social welfare department which are lying pending. Therefore there is possibility that these schemes are also misused by him,” Kurkalang said.
Referring to the government’s decision to issue a show-cause notice to the officer, he however said, “Only issuing of show-cause notice to him is not enough. We expect the state government not to adopt any partiality on this issue as he deserves to be suspended for violating government rules.”
Kurkalang also informed that the Chief Secretary has assured the delegation that necessary action will be taken on this regard.
He however informed that they have decided to give the government two weeks time to comply with the demands, failing which they would be compelled to take other means of action.
Meanwhile, the BJYM further claimed that it had also received several complaints about government servants favouring people who are supporters of politicians and emphasized that such practice should be put to an end.