From a Correspondent
JORHAT, Aug 3: The inquiry against Assam Marketing Board, Jorhat was meaningless and was a eye-wash for the common people, this was alleged by the district committee of AJYCP, Jorhat in a press meet held at the Jorhat Press Club today.
The AJYCP Jorhat Committee unearthed a scandal involving crores of rupees in Jorhat District regulated Marketing Committee in charging of taxes on railway goods coming to Jorhat. Earlier in this regard the AJYCP collected the data of total quantity of agricultural products coming to Jorhat by Railway under RTI Act and the organization found that about 20 to 30 lakhs of rupees of taxes were to be collected by Marketing Board. But in fact the Board showed a very less amount of taxes in the account.
The student organization therefore alleged that the officials of Jorhat District regulated Marketing Committee made a crores of rupees scandal by hobnobbing with businessmen. On this allegation made by the student organization, the Chief Executive Officer of Assam Marketing Board made an inquiry and later submitted a report to the Chief Minister. Later, the Chief Minister ordered his Vigilance Cell to make inquiry into the scandal. Accordingly, from the CM’s Vigilance cell, a two-member team headed by LN Baruah arrived at Jorhat on July 31 to inquire into the scandal. The AJYCP Jorhat Committee went to meet the Committee on that day so that a free and neutral inquiry is done. But according to the student organization the vigilance team didn’t meet the representatives of the organization.
The vigilance team invited the student organization yesterday night at about 7-30 pm and accordingly a few representatives of the AJYCP went to give their views. But the vigilance team allowed meeting only to two members for the purpose. According to the allegation raised by the student organization, the vigilance team tried to take the views of the student organization where both the accused persons were present at that time along with many other unknown persons. When the representatives of the student organization entered into the room where the team stayed at Circuit House, the vigilance team was busy with the two accused persons enjoying refreshment. The student organization alleged that the vigilance team misbehaved the representatives of AJYCP when they raised objection in this regard and tried to call the electronic media to take stock of the situation. The student organization stated that the organization was not satisfied at all in such inquiry made by the vigilance team with an allegation that the vigilance team also used the vehicles of the accused persons during the inquiry period.