The Meghalaya Congress has demanded a CBI probe into the alleged corrupt practices by the National People’s Party-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government.
Talking to reporters in Meghalaya, Congress spokesperson and Rangsakon legislature Zenith M Sangma said, “The present MDA government is neck-deep in corrupt practices which are led by Conrad K Sangma. In almost in all departments corruption can be seen,”.
He alleged that corruption has reached the backbone, be it in illegal coal mining and its transportation, be it smuggling of forest produce or be the different activities in the MeECL, power sector, so on and so forth.
Sangma alleged that the state government’s taxation department has failed to realise Value Added Tax (VAT) from 229 petrol pumps across the state for the past 3 years.
He said the minimum outstanding due that any single petrol pump is having is not less than Rs 2 crore while some have outstanding dues of Rs 4 crore to Rs 6 crore.
Sangma further alleged the state government of attempting to waive off 30 percent of the total outstanding dues to the petrol pumps by coming up with a one-time settlement scheme.
The Congress legislature accused the state government of adopting various ways and means to ‘loot the state’.
He also said in as far as the implementation of the controversial smart meter system is concerned, the market rate of a smart-meter is between 3,000 to 4,000 but the rate being offered in the tender by the MeECL is 9,000 which is more than double of the market rate.