GUWAHATI, April 11: Assam government has been serious on taking down corruption to its knees once again. Vigilance team raided the office of the Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) in connection with a multi crore rupees scam and seized several files.
According to reports, five officials of the CM’s vigilance cell raided the office in connection with Rs 31 crore scam under DIPR during the previous Congress led state government tenure. The CM vigilance sleuths led by SP K Choudhury had grilled director Ranjit Gogoi at his office for several hours.
A top official of vigilance cell said that, the previous Congress government had allocated Rs 31 crore in budget for Vision Assam Mission Assam project to make publicity for various government schemes. Ranjit Gogoi had siphoned several crore of rupees in the name of a firm Nandita Creations, which firm was created in his wife’s name added the official
While speaking to newsmen, “Following the government directives, the Directorate of Information and Public Relations had called tender for publicity the government schemes, works by advertising in print and electronic media and showing hoardings in various locations. Out of 15 agencies, which participating in the tender process, only four agencies were awarded the works,” the top official said.
The top official also said that, the works order awarded to Tatua agency for hoarding, Brahmaputra Television Network, Delta Publicity and Pradip Advertising for advertising in print and electronic media. “We have collected vital documents, which revealed irregularities and siphoning government money as the schemes implemented only in official paper works,” the official said.
Meanwhile an official of DIPR said that, the Vision Assam Mission Assam project was implemented only in papers and it was done just before the last assembly poll in the state.
Source inputs from www.indiablooms.com