- BJP alleges Manik Sarkar’s involvement in MGNREGA scam in Tripura
- The scam is alleged to be of hundreds of crores and BJP has all the proofs
- A complaint has been lodged with the Rural Development Ministry, says BJP
As Tripura is going for the Legislative Assembly Elections, the political parties of the state planning for the polls on one hand and making strategies to bow down the rival parties on other. BJP, keeping such motive has recently alleged of a scam in MGNREGA that was done under the reign of ruling CPIM.
Complaint lodged with the Rural Development Ministry
As there is only one month left for the Legislative Assembly Elections, BJP has started the ‘blame game’ against the ruling Communist party of Tripura.
In a recent incidence, BJP has accused CPIM of allegedly being involved in MGNREGA scam that costs “hundreds of crores”.
As per the sources from BJP, the complaint has been lodged with the Rural Development Ministry having full proofs against the ruling CPIM government in Tripura.
The complainant has also threatened to sue the Central Ministry and the secretary “if ministry fails to investigate and punish the culprits”.
However, the BJP refused to reveal the name of the complainant for security reasons, but the party said, it would be divulged once the time was “ripe”.
As per the complaint lodged with the Rural Development Ministry, the scam allegedly was doing of the state government in collusion with the local administration, BDOs, and DCs.
BJP alleged that the local officials had to tow the line of the state government for the fear of their lives.
“In Tripura, the detailed ‘Social Audit Report’ made by government-appointed ‘Block Resource Persons’ has found that there is rampant corruption in implementation of MG-NREGA schemes. On all major indices, the implementation had flaws,” the complaint said.
The Block Resource Persons in Tripura has recently conducted a survey according to this survey, the complainant has also alleged that “no job cards were issued; no Gram-Sabha resolutions were passed and register not maintained, work provided without demands, only on the basis of verbal political orders, in many cases work has been completed but payment not made. In many cases payment is still not made to suppliers of material, no signboards were displayed at the sites of work with details of work and project; in almost all cases payment was made without technical assistant approval.”
“With this complaint, I am requesting you to start a high level inquiry of the MG-NREGA in Tripura on the basis of the findings of ‘Social Audit report’ made by ‘Block Resource Persons’ because there is embezzlement of hundreds of crore rupees in the entire state of Tripura and the guilty must be punished to recover misused funds,” the complaint said.
“The scam has been going on in the state from 1996 violating the general financial rules of the Government of India. Since they have such iron grip on local administrations no one can question them. We had complained to the EC in 2013 elections. EC had probed the matter and found merit in our complaint. They forwarded the report to the Centre, but the Congress did nothing. It also refused a CBI inquiry. In such an instance in Odisha, SC had observed that pertaining to MNREGA, the Centre can conduct an independent investigation without permission from the State. Then we went to high court. The court has found there were serious irregularities and corruption in MNREGA. HC told the state to conduct an audit. Now the government is dilly-dallying with the findings of the audit,” said BJP leader.