The state Accountant General’s report countersigned by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) was tabled in the assembly on March 29. It contains the shocking revelation that Rs46.76 crore was withdrawn from the treasury against “before actual commencement of approved works” between 2005-2010. Doubts have arisen on whether the findings will be taken to their logical conclusion, the irregularities spanning the Mizo National Front and the Congress regimes.
Vanhela Pachuau, principal secretary, rural development from 2006-08 is now the state chief secretary. The state Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is chaired by the Opposition MNF that was in power when the rot set in. For his part, Pachuau, considered close to chief minister Lalthanhawla, had nothing to say except referring to official explanations rejected by the AG’s report. PAC chairman and MNF MLA B Lalthlengliana couldn’t recall the report, details of which he sought from HT on being approached for his comments. “We’ve not yet studied; we’ll see the report,” he said.
Besides presentation of false bills, Rs30.93 crore was drawn from the treasury and parked in civil deposits for 2-12 months.
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