BJP to move Parliament panel for probe

Guwahati, Dec. 31 : BJP MP Ramen Deka will seek a probe by Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) into alleged misappropriation of central funds in North Cachar Hills district of the state.

Deka, who is also a member of the PAC, told reporters here today that he would write to PAC chairperson Murli Manohar Joshi, requesting examination of the alleged misuse of central funds in the NC Hills that finds mention in the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).

“Taking into consideration the importance of the subject and the statewide interest evinced in it, I have decided to seek a PAC probe into it,” said Deka, the Lok Sabha MP from Mangaldoi.

“I am going to request the PAC chairperson to inquire into the misappropriation of money released under different central schemes like the National Rural Health Mission and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, among others,” he added.

The special audit carried out by the CAG points to some glaring financial irregularities in Dima Hasao (formerly NC Hills) district. The CAG audit report pertained to the fiscal 2007-2008, 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.

The CAG report has stirred a political storm in the state with the Opposition parties cornering the Tarun Gogoi government on this issue.

The state government has already ordered a CBI inquiry into the financial scam in the NC Hills.

Even the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which probed the alleged politician-bureaucrat-militant nexus in embezzlement of funds in NC Hills, has found involvement of some public servants of North Cachar Hills Autonoumous Council.

Deka also said a four-member PAC sub-committee has been constituted to study utilisation of funds released to the northeastern states under the non-lapsable central pool of resources. Deka is the convenor of the PAC sub-committee. The non-lapsable central pool of resources was created by the Centre in 1989 from the 10 per cent unspent balances provided in the budget of Central ministries and departments for funding specific infrastructure projects in the Northeast.