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NGO accuses firm of PMGSY scam

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Itanagar, Jan 3: A Itanagar-based NGO fighting against corruption has alleged various anomalies against a construction firm and urged the State government to halt all projects allotted to the firm besides stopping payment.
In a memorandum to State Chief Secretary Mumkin (NGO) chairman Tadar Niglar demanded cancellation of the license of M/s Zee Engineering & Constructions, alleging it as a fraudulent firm.
Niglar said Likha Nap, the firm’s proprietor, is a registered Class-I contractor under Arunachal Pradesh Public Works Department (APPWD) Roads and Bridges category.
“Nap is the wife of NL Kamin, Superintending Engineer of RWD who is undertaking several PMGSY road projects in the state worth over Rs 3421.45-lakh. The firm actually is directly operated and by Kamin,” he alleged in the memorandum.
“By coming into a contract agreement in the name of his wife, Kamin has violated various sections of Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964 that govern state government employees,” Niglar pointed out.
“Having gone through various sections of Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964, it is seen that he has illegally acquired contract works in his own department where he himself is occupying the post of Superintending Engineer in RWD,” the memorandum alleged.
“It is a matter of serious concern that a single person or a family availed all opportunities depriving other genuine contractors and unemployed youths at large. Beside this, It is also learnt that he joined in the department as junior engineer in 1993 without following formal procedure for appointment of JEs and within three years he was promoted to the post of assistant engineer again without board proceedings, whereas for a promotion to a higher rank one should have at least served for a minimum five years in one’s previous post,” the memorandum said.
The NGO also urged the chief secretary to institute an enquiry and call a fresh tender for the PMGSY projects so that people are not deprived of the fruits of development.
It also demanded immediate suspension of Kamin for free and fair investigation or he should be asked to take voluntary retirement so as to pave the way for an honest officer.