LAKHIMPUR, June 10: Anti-Corruption Youth, Assam (ACYA) alleged corruption in implementation of the Prime Minister’s Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) in the State. The organization made this allegation at a press meet held at North Lakhimpur Press Club on Sunday. Addressing the press meet, the State president of the organization, Dharma Kanta Gogoi stated that a section of dishonest people in various districts of the State had been collecting cash amounting from Rs 850 to Rs 2,000 for providing LPG connection to the BPL beneficiaries under the dream scheme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“In this regard, launching our enquiry in Lakhimpur, we have come to know that Rs. 2000 two months ago and Rs 1,000 a month ago had been collected in the district while Rs. 850 has been collected by some implementing agencies of the scheme. No receipt was given to the consumers against the collected amount. These amounts vary in case of different agencies,” he stated.
In support of his statement, Gogoi said that HP Gas Agency of North Lakhimpur had not given any receipt against a paid amount of Rs. 850 by a consumer named Mamoni Dutta under PMUY on Saturday while Munin Gas Agency released a receipt of Rs. 1180, including the prices of allied items sold, and Dulen Gas Agency gave a receipt of Rs. 811 some days ago.
Further, he alleged that some dishonest people were distributing the application forms for getting LPG connection under the scheme in exchange of Rs. 500 to Rs 1500, thereby exploiting the poor beneficiaries.
“Moreover, genuine beneficiaries are deprived of getting the benefits of the scheme while 2-3 connections have been supplied to the members of the same family. These things prove that transaction of large amount has been made with regard to the implementation of the scheme. So, we demand the government to launch an impartial probe into the issue. Our organization will lodge FIR against the corrupted gas agencies in this regard,” he said in the press meet in which Lakhimpur district president of the organization, Bhadrajit Dutta, and working president Rubul Dutta were also present. On the other hand, the organization, in the same press meet, condemned the savage lynching of Nilotpal Das and Abhijeet Nath at Dokmoka in Karbi Anglong.