PDR alleges random condemnation of vehicles in Tourism Deptt

PDR alleges random condemnation of vehicles in Tourism Deptt
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Dimapur, September 21: The People for Democratic Rights (PDR) has alleged that the Department of Tourism, Nagaland has been randomly condemning vehicles on scrap basis and reserved price citing feeble reasons even before the expiry of life span for condemning vehicles set by the Government.
It stated that as per Government Office Memorandum issued by the Chief Secretary on 13 February 2012, the normal life span of government vehicles for the purpose of condemnation has been fixed at 10 years.
The PDR disclosed that the Department of Tourism had disposed a total of 13 vehicles between 2015-17. The oldest vehicle disposed was purchased in the year 2010 and clearly has not exhausted the life span.
It said various documents pertaining to condemnation of the vehicles show that the Condemnation Board Meeting has all been manipulated with different dates and even years of meeting and various dates along with signatures of the various Board members.
“As per two condemnation orders available with PDR, the condemnation board meeting was put up as 11 April 2015 while in the content of order it was written as 3 Feb 2016, similarly in the second one it was mentioned as held on 25 October 2017, however, the officer who recorded the meeting minutes has written the date along the signature at the bottom of the page as 25 October 2016,” a press release issued by PDR Media & Publicity Affairs stated.
It further pointed out that the dates of purchase of the disposed vehicles also vary from the ones recorded in the Board minutes and other official documents of the department pertaining to purchase of those vehicles. There are many other such anomalies clearly pointing to backdated documents pertaining to condemnation of the vehicles.
The PDR said the second condemnation which was held under the chairmanship of former Commissioner and Secretary of Tourism Department, Angau I. Thou IAS, it was found out that 10 vehicles were condemned out of which many vehicles are within manufacturer warranty and ranges from 2 years to 8 years all below prescribed years by the government.
In this regard, the PDR urged the State Vigilance Commission to inquire into the arbitrary disposing of vehicles by the Tourism Department without following government set norms and indulging in backdated/manipulated Board meetings.
The PDR will also present a submission to the Vigilance Commission in this regard, it said.
The PDR demanded the State Vigilance Commission to confiscate/cease all those vehicles condemned before 10 years and start inquiry into the arbitrary disposing of vehicles by the Tourism Department without following government set norms and indulging in backdated/manipulated Board meetings.
PDR further demanded the Chief Minister that all those erring officers involved in the vehicle condemnation board should be suspended for fair and impartial inquiry and example is set.
It also reminded the Chief Minister that Nagaland being economically dependent on the center’s mercy cannot overlook such issues and give a free go.
It further demanded that the government should set development as a priority and public welfare works over buying high-end vehicles for its employees.
Meanwhile, the PDR drew the attention of the public and the government that when the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamta Banerjee can drive in a small car of Maruti Alto why not the Nagaland Government employees.
It also said the government of the day should also put into action its much publicized ‘doing away with VIP culture’ and recommended the government to immediately stop buying vehicles as austerity measures and rather rationalize all government vehicles and ensure ‘one officer one vehicle’ as some of the officers have multiple vehicles at their disposal. (Page News Service)