Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has alleged that RWD Minister Bamang Felix in connivance with Chief Minister Pema Khandu has been forcing officers to collect 6 per cent from contractors of new PMGSY projects irrespective of the amount and 2 per cent at second stage of those projects in a bid to mobilize funds for the ensuring 2019 Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.
APCC president Takam Sanjoy, while producing documentary evidences in support of his allegations, claimed that the collected funds could run into Rs 166.225 crore (Rs 132.87 crore of 6 per cent and Rs 33.35 crore of 2 per cent) that too collected before floating tenders of those projects.
He demanded a CBI probe against the duo while alleging that Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju also gets a part of the collected funds.
Pointing out that hard earned public fund allocated by the Centre meant for development cannot be siphoned off by the ruling party for political purposes, he said moving a special investigation as dictated by the State Government would yield no result.
“Regrettably, the Chief Secretary despite being the Chief Vigilance Officer is a silent spectator to such embezzlement spree. The party representatives will leave for New Delhi soon to lodge a complaint with the Central Bureau of Investigation against the duo for embezzlement of public fund in broad daylight,” he informed.
“The Opposition Congress is keeping an eagle’s eye on each move of the government,” he said with conviction.
“I have concrete evidences of transactions including the payees seeking loan at the rate of 120 per cent to pay bribe to get the projects,” he said and conveyed his sympathy to the officers who have been coerced to toe the ruling government’s dictation and cautioned them to be beware of such illegal acts.
The APCC chief also cautioned the contractors not to invest in such project under such circumstances as the end results could be disastrous and they may lose their money.
The State Congress had levelled allegations of awarding PMGSY and State Infrastructure Development Fund (SIDF) schemes in lieu of votes bypassing the authorities of local MLAs, including belonging to BJP.
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