Assam: Mahanta Claims NREGA Scam Cost Rs 180 Cr

Guwahati, Dec 7 : Former Assam chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta today claimed the state government was responsible for a scam of Rs 180 crore of NREGA funds besides the multi-crore fund diversion in N C Hills.

"I have with me relevant documents of the NREGA scam," the Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly told reporters here.

The AGP leader also claimed that for the past six months, the government had failed to submit the utilisation certificate for the developmental scheme to the Centre.

"And for this the Centre should take action and dismiss the state government," he said.

Earlier Mahanta alleged that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi was involved in the development fund diversion in North Cachar Hills district Autonomous Council.

Referring to the government's offer to hold a special session of the assembly in January to discuss the hill district scandal, he said, "We are ready for a debate, but the offer is a ploy to hoodwink the people and divert their attention from the massive scandal involving public money."