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Committee to monitor central funds

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 29, 2009

GANGTOK, 28 JULY: The Sikkim Pradesh Congress has constituted a monitoring committee to ensure all Central funds for various developmental works are spent accordingly in Sikkim. The move is being touted as the Congress’s effort to check alleged misappropriation of funds by the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front government.
Mr Luizinho Faleiro, in-charge of the party’s Sikkim unit informed that the eight member committee (2 each from four districts) would come up with a detailed report within a month and the report would be sent to the party central unit for further action. Mr Faleiro was here today to attend the party’s membership drive and mobilization of programmes. Congress supporters from all over the state alleged they were being politically victimised after the party’s defeat in the April elections this year.
Commenting on the affairs of Sikkim Mr Faleiro said: “Poverty still exists in Sikkim as Central funds do not reach the grassroots. He demanded an enquiry into the alleged corrupt practices of the SDF government, holding power since 1994. “The Centre has not allotted Rs 2,700 crores to be spent on the whims and fancies of the SDF government,” he said.
The state Congress president and former Sikkim chief minister Mr Nar Bahadur Bhandari slammed the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front for alleged discrimination in distribution and grant of facilities under various Centrally sponsored schemes in the state. In his first public appearance after the Congress party’s debacle in the recently held Assembly and General elections Mr Bhandari urged the central party leaders to take strong action on the “corrupt practices” of the Pawan Chamling led SDF government in the state.

Source: The Statesman

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