Wednesday, December 7, 2022

NPCC serves ultimatum on Social Welfare deptt

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) Public Grievances Department (PGD) has served a 15-day ultimatum on the department of social welfare to respond to the alleged financial irregularities with regard to construction of Sakhi one-stop centres across districts under the Centre’s Nirbhaya Fund.
In an ultimatum addressed to the commissioner & secretary social welfare, NPCC PGD co-chairman Kedou Wetsah and member Imkongmeren Jamir reminded that they had, through a press release on September 23, 2022, pointed out difference of Rs. 5,49,39,113 out of Rs. 11,36,20,880 sanctioned by the Government of India for construction of one stop centre for 11 districts.
In this regard, PGD questioned “why the department should not make justification of the financial irregularities.”
PGD has, therefore, requested the department to reply within 15 days, failing which it would be compelled to take up to the appropriate authority.
It may be mentioned that PGD on September 23, 2022 had stated that the chief minister and minister in-charge of social welfare department informed Nagaland Legislative Assembly on February 16, 2022 that the department had received Rs 11,36,20,880 from the Union Ministry of Woman & Child Development under the Nirbhaya Fund from 2015-16 to date for 11 districts– Dimapur, Kohima, Kiphire, Longleng, Mokokchung, Mon, Peren, Phek, Tuensang, Wokha and Zunheboto
However, PGD had stated that the social welfare department, in response to its RTI application, had claimed to have received Rs 2,48,69,372 for construction of the one-stop centre for 10 districts and Rs 45,88,047 for Dimapur district.
PGD claimed that it had found serious financial mismanagement and irregularities on the part of the department while crosschecking document.
PGD had alleged that the 11 district administrations were compelled to complete the projects with Rs 5,86,81,767, which was half of the total amount sanctioned by the Union ministry.
It had pointed out that there was a clear difference of Rs 5,49,39,113 between the amount disclosed by the chief minister and the amount quoted by social welfare department.

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