FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, May 3: Former Aruchal Pradesh Chief Minister bam Tuki has strongly objected to the statement of Chief Minister Kalikho Pul blaming his erstwhile government for creating huge fincial liabilities.
Tuki terming the statement of Pul as immature, unfounded and childish stated that all the clarification made by his predecessor holds no water. He also challenged the incumbent chief minister to prove his accusation and observed that such statement can be made only by a person having vindictive approach.
“Since day one, Pul has been trying to malign the image and hard earned reputation of mine through all scrupulous means. His evil designs are amply clear through his actions as he first toppled a popularly elected and mandated government with the support of BJP and the Governor,” a statement from Tuki said.
“Secondly, he hurriedly took oath although the case is lying pending with the Supreme Court showing no respect whatsoever for the judiciary. And filly in order to hide his malicious intentions and to garner cheap publicity, he has been throwing wild allegations with no substance just to mislead the people,” he added.
Further stating that the entire fincial mismagement and the huge fincial liabilities the state is facing today is the handiwork of Pul himself as he was the longest serving fince minister of the state, the former chief minister added that it was during Pul’s tenure as fince minister that the state first went through over draft.
“Despite his tall claims, he has been a total failure in maging the state funds. It was then that the preceding CMs had to intervene and shift him to some other ministries,” Tuki said.
Pointing that under Pul’s rule the state would further go into debt he added, “Recently Pul announced the creation of thousands of posts in the health department. Yes, all posts are necessary for a smooth health delivery system but creation of so many posts at one go would burden the state exchequer by several hundred crores, which the state can ill afford. He said that his government was getting ready to create the said posts in the health department but had preferred to do so in phased manner and need base.”
The former chief minister also invited citizens, especially intellectuals to compare the funds brought by him and Pul as the fince minister.
“Just compare the funds brought in under the 12th Fince Commission (Pul as Fince Minister) and the 13th Fince Commission (under me as the Fince Minister). I dare him (Pul) to make the figures public,” he said.
“After taking over the reign of Aruchal illegally, Pul has been making propitious claims of changing the face of development trajectory of the state. But on ground, he has been concentrating on individual schemes rather than public interest programmes. Whatever the development one is witnessing now was initiated during our government. We had kept huge funds for equitable development of the state which were apparently sprinkled to few pockets only,” Tuki asserted.
“We had undertaken massive exercise to prepare Vision 2030 document with feedbacks and suggestions from all quarters. All plans and programmes were thus prepared keeping in mind their viability, feasibility and benefits for the people after thorough consultation with concerned departments. But, during the past fag end of 2015-16 fincial year witnessed a ridiculed approach by Pul who distributed funds without having proper exercise. Funds to the tune of crores went to his close aides supporters based on pick and choose thereby giving a backseat to genuine development,” he alleged.
“Negating every bit of the transparency agenda of Pul, the Planning Secretary issues a circular in mid of March 2016 restricting all the commissioners and secretaries to keep the schemes and programmes of SIDF and other programmes secret. Is this the transparency and accountability Pul has been boasting about? Tuki questioned.
If at all the clarification of Pul to be believed, then why has the bills of margil contractors not cleared yet? Why have the SSA teachers’ voices being muzzled instead of listening to their pleas? Has not these issues which he had been raising in all the given platform garnered him popularity? Where are the assurances he had given?” he added.