Tura, Aug 12: A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Meghalaya High Court against the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) on the alleged misuse of Rs 100.71 crores of funds provided under Special Plan Assistance (SPA) by the ministry of tribal affairs (MTA).
Under SPA, the GHADC had been sanctioned a total of Rs 100.71 crores out of which Rs 69,21,44,816 was released as first tranche for the implementation of 1167 projects under GHADC in 29 constituencies. The release had been for the year 2015-2016.
The PIL was filed last Thrusday, Aug 9 by Nilberth Ch Marak (Dingnen) and Kullendro Sangma. Both are from Williamnagar. Nilberth had earlier too raised the matter of non utilization and corruption of MDC schemes implemented under Williamnagar constituency under Denang T Sangma. He had even written to the ministry of tribal affairs on the same matter despite which no action was taken.
The respondent had sought a National Level Monitoring Team (NLMT) to visit Garo Hills to verify the extent of project implementation and for punishment for those responsible for large scale corruption.
“I had tried to get this through to the MTA (on April 17, 2018) but they did not respond. Therefore I was left with no choice other than to approach the Court through a PIL,” said Nilberth.
Incidentally the matter has been listed as the first item for Monday by the High Court.
The PIL filed by Nilberth has raised the issue of fake villages being created to divert funds as well as non completion of projects, though the same shows as completed and UCs have been issued for the same.
On a sample basis using the Williamnagar constituency, the PIL states that out of 46 projects that were looked at, 15 were not implemented at all while 13 were partially done.
Further one of villages for which work was sanctioned – a CC footpath ( in Cherupara) is not even a village within Williamnagar constituency.
The PIL has sought the Court to allow for an inquiry by the CBI or any other independent Investigation Agency and also sought strict action on the findings of the inquiry.
“I have sought an inquiry and thereafter legal action against those involved in misappropriation of public funds,” added Nilberth.