ACAUT Nagaland through its media cell, has accused former chief minister T.R. Zeliang of nepotism while awarding works under CM’s Road Development Fund (CMRDF), which he signed as chief minister on March 8, 2017 (whereas Dr. Shürhozelie took over on February 22, 2017).
ACAUT pointed out that in the list of beneficiaries, T.R. Zeliang allotted road work worth around Rs.3 crore to himself and his son through M/s Hi-Tech Construction .
ACAUT said that the former chief minister’s act was condemnable, and asked “What is this CMRDF that crores could be awarded at the sole discretion of the former CM or CMs?”
It also described as “utterly shameful” that the 16 ministers/parliamentary secretaries and the former chief minster “banded together like Ali Baba and his band of thieves to loot Rs. 12.50 Crores of public fund.” ACAUT also described as “equally condemnable” the R&B minister’s file noting, in which the chief engineer (R&B) was “instructed to ‘process for tender’ the so-called beneficiary list.” It reminded the R&B minister that there could be no tender when there was only one ‘competing firm’ and therefore, directing “the chief engineer to set-up tendering process was therefore was an insult to his own chair.”
ACAUT also cautioned the chief engineer (R&B) of the illegality in carrying out the executive order of the former CM and R&B minister as he would be held culpable for abetting corruption if he carried out the “illegal instruction.”
ACAUT sought “public clarification” from the chief engineer by declaring that “such an illegal order cannot be carried out and the department has no option but to invite open tender bidding.”
Further , ACAUT also advised the chief engineer “not to hang himself in unnecessary legal entangles, including FIR, which will be the case if he carries out the illegal directive of the former CM.”
ACAUT also demanded that chief minister Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu to issue a public statement “denouncing the illegal order” of his finance advisor, TR Zeliang. “Rather than be a new wine in an old bottle, the octogenarian CM should strive to be a new wine in a new bottle,” it said.
Meanwhile, ACAUT has expressed gratitude to the whistle-blower who made the document public.
It may be mentioned that in the first list signed on January 23, 2017, two projects -- special repair of road from 3rd Mile junction to full Nagarjan junction (2km) and black topping of road from Mhaikam to Pimla -- were not found mentioned in the list signed on March 8, 2017, whereas a new project - approach road to Saijang rubber farm (3km) -- was added.
Meanwhile, the list which was published in the local media raised questions about the manner in which the government of the day was functioning. It is believed that the highest amount involved were allotted to the list of beneficiaries under Peren district.