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Misappropriation of funds under LMCP detected


Dimapur, August 13: Two RTI activists have alleged misappropriation of funds under Legal Metrology & Consumer Protection Department, Government of Nagaland citing RTI reply from the department.
In a press release, the two activists, Odi Jamir and ST Yapang Lkr, citing RTI reply said on March 7, 2011, the department withdrew Rs 10 lakhs for setting up of Consumer Club in 100 schools. However, they claimed that the department paid Rs 10,000 each to 33 schools (amounting to Rs 3,30,000) and could not produce the utilization of the remaining amount.
Again as per the reply, on May 10, 2012, the department gave completion certificate and released full amount of Rs 26,92,300 to Ashlin Enterprises, Pune for construction of two Calibration Tower – one each at Dimapur and Kohima. However the Tower was not constructed at Kohima, the RTI activists said.
On June 6, 2012, the department purchased 5 Thermometer Verification Kit, but the department could produce only 2 thermometer verification kit details, they claimed.
Again on September 29, 2011 the department purchased 85 Coin Operated Person Weighing Machine at the cost of Rs 20 lakhs and distributed to the beneficiaries. However, the activists said there is no record of beneficiaries list.
The same weighing machine was again purchased on April 12, 2012 at the cost of Rs 20 lakhs. “But there is a little suspicious in that very receive copy which it looks like it was scan and remake it,” they claimed.
Stating that they observed loopholes in audit procedures, the two RTI activists said in future if such cases appear, they will file case against the auditors. They also requested the law enforcing agencies like Lokayukta and police not to register suo motu case against the department. “If necessary, we will request the appropriate agencies to examine the scam. However, if the concerned department takes up the necessary correctional work within 30 days on publication of this news, the case will be over on our part,” they said.
(Page News Service)