Meghalaya: Govt. yet to receive official complaint on misappropriation of funds in JHADC & GHADC


SHILLONG | SEPT 18, 2020:

District Council Affairs (DCA) Minister Hamletson Dohling stated that the state government is yet to receive any official complaint regarding the allegations on the misappropriation of funds in the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) and the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC).

"We have read about the allegations of misappropriation of funds in the two Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) only through the media and social media. We cannot constitute an inquiry without finding out if the allegations which were levelled are authentic and if they are backed with facts," Dohling said.

When asked if the BJP, which is an ally of the ruling MDA government in Meghalaya, has levelled the mentioned allegations, he added by saying that none of the BJP MLAs have brought up the issue.

"We will discuss this matter if the BJP MLAs want a discussion on this issue. But as of now, there has been no communication either verbally or in writing from either of the two MLAs of the BJP to express their concern on the allegations of misappropriation in the two ADCs," the DCA Minister said.

He also clarified that the government is not ruling out the possibility of constituting an inquiry into the allegations.

According to him, the government is still examining the matter and if there are serious allegations made by the BJP, then the government will pursue the matter by ordering an inquiry into the allegations.

When asked whether the government welcomes the order of the NITI Aayog to launch an inquiry into the alleged misappropriation of funds in the GHADC, he said that the question on whether the state government will welcome the order of the NITI Aayog does not arise.
"It is the duty of the NITI Aayog to issue the order for (an) inquiry into the matter related to the GHADC. We have nothing to comment on this," the DCA Minister stated.


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