GUWAHATI: The Assam government has agreed to a request by the CID and has given sanction for prosecution of 31 officers of the state Agriculture department allegedly involved in corruption and irregularities. The CID had sought the sanction as it is probing a slew of irregularities in the Agriculture department.
Agriculture minister Atul Bora said that every case of allegation will be probed and added that the government will not give in to malpractices. He also said that the guilty will be punished.
Last year, as many as 343 Class I gazetted officers of the Agricultural department, apprehending arrests in connection with the scams, had secured anticipatory bails from the Gauhati High Court.
The Assam Public Works (APW) and Krishak Sramik Unnayan Parishad had lodged separate cases with the CID, alleging misappropriation of hundreds of crores meant for Central government schemes.
The APW has alleged that crores of rupees of public money were misappropriated by Agriculture department officials on the pretext of a lime distribution scheme and ‘Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India (BGREI)’, a sub scheme of the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana. It had named former Agriculture minister Nilamani Sen Deka, director Kabindra Borkakoti, joint director Upen Borah, Khanapara agriculture development officer Majam Ali Akanda and contractor Sanowar Hussain in the case.
Meanwhile, the Agriculture minister said vacant posts of gram sevaks will be filled up soon. “We have also directed Agriculture officers to go the fields and not just sit in their offices,” Bora added.