M’laya HC to hear Rs 100.71 crore GHADC scam today

Guwahati/Shillong, August 13: The division bench of the Meghalaya High Court will hear a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed against the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) on the alleged misuse of the Central funds amounting to Rs 100.71 crore on Monday.

The PIL was filed by one Nilberth Ch Marak of Williamnagar on Friday against the GHADC alleging mass corruption in the implementation of the Member of District Council schemes in Williamnagar.

The Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs under the Special Plan Assistance had sanctioned Rs 100.71 crore to the GHADC in the fiscal year 2015-16, out of which Rs 69.21 crore was released for the implementation of 1,167 projects in 29 constituencies, as per reports.

The respondent had sought a National Level Monitoring Team to visit Garo Hills to verify the project implementation and also sought a CBI inquiry into the matter.

As per the PIL, in Williamnagar constituency, out of 46 projects, only 13 were partially done. The PIL also mentioned that fake villages were created to divert funds.

Earlier, several pressure groups had written to the then Chief Executive Member of GHADC, Denang T Sangma about the Council’s ‘dubious way’ of using the released funds.