Itagar, April 1: Reacting to the charges of the All Aruchal Contractor’s Welfare Association (AACWA), the state government today clarified all the allegations point-wise and in detail.
Government Spokesman Bamang Felix in a statement informed that during 2014-15, the Union RD ministry has released an amount of Rs. 342.25 crore till date and henceforth the same has been released to the contractors by the state government. “The first installment of Rs 200 crore was released by the ministry in the month of April, 2014 while in the second installment, an amount of Rs 142.25 crore was released in the month of September last,” he said. “At present, work worth Rs 1600 crore are in various stages of execution in the field. While submitting UC for Rs 342.24 crore, the department has placed to the ministry to release an additiol amount of Rs 275.00 crore to meet up the liabilities during 2014-2015, which is not yet released by the Ministry,” he clarified.
An amount of Rs 1200 crores has been projected to the ministry to allocate in the Annual Plan 2015-2016, Felix added.
Stating that there is misleading information on JNNURM scheme which appeared in a cross section of press, Felix clarified that there is no scheme called capital beautification for which Rs. 32 crore has been projected as lying pending.
“It is however informed that a project for improvement and creation of infrastructure for urban transport including roads and parking lots/spaces at JNNURM Mission City, Itagar for Rs. 9128.50 Lakhs is under various stages of execution,” he said.
“The department has received Rs. 6253.02 lakhs including the central and state share till date and has submitted the utilization certificate for the received amount way back in the year 2013. An amount of Rs2875.48 Lakhs is awaited release from the centre,” he disclosed in the statement.
“The state government is committed to provide its citizens transparent and accountable governce. It is for this reason that Aruchal Pradesh became one of the few states in the country to ect a strong Lokayukta Act in 2014. The procedure for implementation of Lokayukta is nearing completion and will be implemented soon,” he pointed out.
Adoption of 1 percent EMD for tribal contractors for any category of tender works requires cabinet decision for which the department has already placed the cabinet note, the spokesman added.