Silchar, Feb 19: The Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC), the erstwhile ruling party in the NC Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC), has demanded immediate arrest of the seven State ministers whose names allegedly figured in the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) report of the politician-militant nexus in the hills district.
ASDC president Rathindra Thaosen said the NIA has unearthed the fact that former Chief Executive Member of NCHAC Mohet Hojai, former Governor of Assam Lt General (retd) Ajoy Singh along with seven other Ministers of the Assam Government were involved in the embezzlement of Rs 1000 crore, meant for the development of the NC Hills. He questioned as to why the State Government was reluctant in taking steps against the accused politicians and demanded immediate dismissal of the Council currently ruled by the Congress.
NCHAC general secretary Manajit Karigapsa said the NIA report has again proved that the NC Hills is a victim of Congress misrule and rampant corruption. The ruling party never paid any attention to the development of the district and the ministers concentrated on siphoning off huge amount of money from the Council exchequer, he alleged. Demanding immediate arrest of the tainted Ministers, Karigapsa said CBI enquiry was a must in the case to unearth the scam.
ASDC district committee Vice-president Ganesh Joishi, on the other hand, said the hills district has been facing acute problem of drinking water and added that the Council employees were denied of their salary for quite a long time. But the Congress Ministers were reluctant to solve these serious issues as they were interested only in looting huge amounts of fund money, he added.
The State Government has not yet released any fund for District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) on grounds that the militants would loot the money. But the NIA report has proved that not only militants, even the Ministers were also involved in the Rs 1000 crore scam. Joishi said the State Government is solely responsible for the pathetic condition of the district which led a group of youth to take up arms.