Snubbing the Finance department’s clarification yet again, ACAUT Nagaland on Sunday said the Finance Commissioner (FC), Temjen Toy was yet to “pointedly refute the very serious charge that the Finance department is in the unhealthy business of deducting 10% commission on all the developmental funds released to the concerned departments.”
In a press note, ACAUT media cell however said it was FC’s bounden duty to refute if the allegation was untrue. “But hiding behind ‘wild allegation’ counter-argument has only given rise to suspicion that perhaps the allegation is true,” ACAUT said.
ACAUT was responding to the Temjen Toy’s clarification which had appeared in the local media on March 4, 2017.
Raising several queries, ACAUT demanded to know from the FC that if a total of Rs. 1,182 crore for 76 CSS (for the period 2016-17) was released by the Centre, it indicated that the state government gave almost Rs. 120 crores as its 10% state share.
It said in 2015-16, the state share was approximately around Rs. 135 crore or 10% of Rs. 1,353.52 crore. Which meant that the combined state share figures for the last two years (2015-17) comes to roughly Rs. 250 crores, ACUAT said. In this regard, ACAUT questioned the department that “when the state government could contribute a massive Rs. 250 crores for 218 CSS for the period 2015-17, why were the teachers treated differently and made to undergo untold suffering with the lame excuse that the state government didn’t have enough funds to give its RMSA and SSA shares?
Since it was a foregone conclusion that the lion’s share of the 218 CSS were ghost projects, which would never be implemented on the ground, ACAUT alleged that the “CSS was only a means to enrich politicians and bureaucrats.” It demanded to know from the FC as to “how this anomaly is being repeated year after year at the cost of the teachers and the student community?”
Reiterating that the 14th Finance Commission had released Rs. 5229.56 crores (for 2015-17) to the state, ACAUT questioned the FC that “when the amount was parked with the Finance department, what prevented the utilization of this amount to pay for the 10% state share towards release of SSA and RMSA funds?”
It further demanded to know from the Finance Commissioner as to why Hindi teachers, whose salary component comes under 100% CSS, were still being denied salary payment for the last nine months?
As per documents made available, ACAUT said following were amount released by the Centre to the state for CSS, 2016-17.