Gogoi involved in NC Hills scam: KMSS

GUWAHATI, Nov 30 – Leading peasants’ organisation Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) today claimed that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is involved in the multi-crore NC Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) scam. Besides, it has demanded resignation of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Gautam Roy for their involvement in the scam.

The Chief Minister is fully aware of the involvement of Himanta Biswa Sarma, Gautam Roy and Kharsingh Ingty in the scam. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had named Sarma and Roy in its initial report but that report has been hushed up. The Chief Minister is aware of all these things.

But, as, he has received a part of the money these three Ministers looted from the NCHAC funds, so, he is trying to cover up the issue, alleged the peasants’ organisation.

Addressing a press conference here today, KMSS secretary Akhil Gogoi argued that the Chief Minister himself admitted on September 25 last that he had received the copy of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG’s) report on the special audit of the NCHAC finance. But, later on, he started denying his receiving any such report.

Akhil Gogoi cited newspaper report that the Chief Minister had received the CAG special audit report on August 23. The CAG conducted the special audit for a period of 26 months and 12 days, between 2007-08 fiscal and June 12, 2009. The special audit revealed that an amount of Rs 424.04 crore was released to the NCHAC, against an allocation of Rs 151.40 crore during the period.

Interestingly, there was no supplementary budget provision for this excess amount released to the Hills district council, Akhil Gogoi said referring to the observation made by the CAG in its report. This, he claimed hints to another Letter of Credit (LoC) scam.

He dared Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to make a public statement within the next seven days that NC Hills scamster RH Khan is not known to him, he has not received any amount of money from Khan through Himanta Biswa Sarma, he has not received the report of the CAG special audit and the names of Himanta Biswa Sarma and Gautam Roy did not feature in the NIA initial report.