By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, February 6: RTI activist Dulal Bora said that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi was set to pick gaon MLA Durlab Chomua to fill one of the four portfolios still vacant in his ministry, and that Chomua was trying his best to be the Social Welfare Minister. Such a step, the RTI activist said, would spell doom for the department and the people of the state as well.
The RTI activist alleged that former State Social Welfare Minister Akon Bora and gaon MLA Durlab Chomua had been thick as thieves. It was Chomua, who, with blessings of Akon Bora, had poked his nose in departmental transfers, appointments, allotment of supply orders and contracts to suppliers and contractors, selection of NGOs for grant in aid by the state government and the Centre for his persol gains in the past two years.
Chomua, according to the activist, has a large number of corruption charges against him in his gaon constituency, including utilization of MLALAD funds. “This apart, Chomua is illegally collecting money from various fields. He had been getting orders from the Directorate of Social Welfare, Government of Assam, in the me of Best Friend Society, an NGO, under various schemes like SUBLA, SNP etc., between January 1, 2008 and August 20, 2014. The NGO got supply orders amounting to around Rs 50 crore during the period, but it has not completed the delivery against the supply orders. In most of the places, the NGO has not supplied the materials at all as per the work orders… Best Friend Society is a political profit–making organization under the direct control of Chomua who had been its president for a long time,” the activist said.
On September 29, 2014, the RTI activist had field a case against Chomua (330/14 under section 468/420/506 IPC) in Latasil police station on the charge swindling government funds through the NGO.
On January 27 this year, the activist wrote a letter to All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Sonia Gandhi bringing the allegations of corruption against Chomua to her notice. Copies of the letter to the AICC chief were also sent to AICC vice–president Rahul Gandhi, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Anjan Dutta, and requested them not to pick Chomua as a minister, let alone as the minister of Social Welfare.
On December 12, 2014 also, the RTI activist had written against Best Friend Society to the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for swindling of funds. According to sources, APCC president Anjan Dutta requested the Chief Minister to fill up the remaining four vacant portfolios after February 20 this year.