SHILLONG, Aug 08: Claiming that it is in possession of proof of misappropriation of funds under the Special Rural Works Programme, the Confederation of Ri Bhoi People (CORP) has threatened to publically release these documents which will implicate Congress legislator representing Umroi in the State Assembly, Ngaitlang Dhar in allegedly misusing Rs. 2 crores.
“We will circulate the RTI report for the people to see it with their eyes and accordingly make a decision because an MLA cannot misuse public funds,” CORP-eastern zone president Garland Kharsyntiew said here on Tuesday.
He said that the action will be taken if the sitting legislator fails to come out clear on various issues which have been brought to light through the information sought by the federation under the RTI Act, 2005.
Revealing some of its findings, Kharsyntiew said earlier before the 2013 elections, Dhar had distributed “free” blankets and sports jerseys which he claimed was bought from his own pocket.
“But shockingly the RTI revealed that the MLA was lying as he had withdrew an amount of Rs 2.10 lakh for the purchase of over 200 blankets and 30 jerseys,” he said.
He also added that the price of each blanket as per the report was purchased at Rs 1,050 which when compared with the market price was found to cost only Rs 300, and jerseys at Rs 5,000.
Moreover, Kharsyntiew said that the sitting MLA had also distributed CGI sheets at a cost of Rs 59.40 lakh. “However, the CGI sheet received by the beneficiaries was of 0.25 mm (at Rs 3,000) and not 0.45 mm (at Rs 6,000) as claimed by the MLA in the RTI,” he added.
Further exposing the alleged corruption in the implementation of the MLA scheme, the CORP leader said that the MLA had sanctioned Rs 25 lakh for the purchase of traditional instruments to the 12 Development Organization Umroi Road, which do not even exist in the constituency.
He also alleged that a beneficiary identified as Banrilang Pyngrope of Nongrah village under Umroi Pyllun was also sanctioned an amount of Rs 3.40 lakh as relief for farmers affected by hailstorm despite the fact that he does not even own a paddy field.
Kharsyntiew also said that approximately the total amount misused by the sitting legislator is around Rs 2 crore while implementing the scheme for the year 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16.