By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, February 10: The All Assam Goriya Yuva-Chatra Parishad moved the court with a case against PHE’s Rangiya division executive engineer Lawrence Ingti, assistant executive engineer Manoj Kumar Das and junior engineer Mustaq Hussain. The court took the case and sent it to Rangiya police station for investigation.
In a statement issued to the press today, Parishad president Ajijur Rahman said that they had been demanding of the government for an inquiry into the large-scale corruption in the PHE’s Rangiya division, but to no avail. “This attitude of the government has led us to move the court against the officials,” he said.
In January this year, the Parishad had said that PHE engineers and the minister had been ‘implementing’ water supply schemes in various places in the state not to benefit the people of the state, but to ‘mint money’. In the me of implementing water supply schemes in the state, the department’s engineers and minister swindle huge amount of money, the Parishad had alleged.
Rahman had cited a few instances as to how the engineers and the minister of the department swindled funds, and said: “The department implemented a Rs 11.20–lakh water supply scheme at Puthimara Alhara, Borlesaku Water Supply Scheme, Rs 56.78–lakh No. 1 Madhukuchi Water Supply Scheme where already a Rs 8.99 lakh water supply scheme has been existing, Rs 36.62–lakh Kalmoni Water Supply Scheme, Rs 37.20–lakh Para Water Supply Scheme, Rs 31.55–lakh Hiraghata Water Supply Scheme, Rs 21.97–lakh Borkuriha Water Supply Scheme, Rs 74.41–lakh Soulmari Water Supply Scheme, Rs 46.26–lakh Duhi Water Supply Scheme etc.”
Rahman said: “All these water supply schemes are very close to each other, but the people are not getting potable water. This is not all. The department even has shown to have spent money for the renovation of these schemes.”
“There are many such water supply schemes like these in the state in which the department has swindled huge amounts of funds. The Rs 50–lakh Water Supply Scheme at Pub–Koniha has been shown have completed in 2011, but not a single drop of water is supplied to the people of the locality from this scheme,” Rahman said, and added: “Around Rs 1 crore was spent at Udia and Gurukuchi water supply schemes near the Rangiya station, but the people of the locality aren’t getting water from the two schemes.”