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ACB �inaction� in Mizo firm scam slammed

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AIZAWL, April 6 - K Lalngaizuala, a 46-year-old man from East Lungdar in Mizoram�s Serchhip district, who was the man behind Mizoram Government�s order to probe into the controversial Mizo Carbon Pvt Ltd, today slammed the State Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)�s �inaction� in its investigation.

�The ACB has not even conducted preliminary investigation nearly one year after the government issued a probe order. This clearly shows the government lacks real intention to fight corruption,� Lalngaizuala told a press conference here today.

The Mizo Carbon Products, at the Industrial Growth Centre at Luangmual locality in Aizawl, had allegedly availed more than Rs 3 crore of Central subsidies through recommendations by the State Government. However, the firm is nothing more than empty buildings, rusting machinery, surrounded by tall grasses and a lone caretaker who claimed he had been paid for months.

The fact that the firm�s co-owner is the sister-in-law of Mizoram Cabinet Minister Zodintluanga has enlarged the controversy.

Lalngaizuala, a village council member of the 600-household village, said he wrote a letter to the Prime Minister on June 12, 2016, requesting him to initiate a probe into the shady firm, a day before the State�s Council of Ministers decided to positively react to popular demands for an investigation into the firm and its controversial availing of subsidies.

In his letter, Lalngaizuala attached translated reports about the shady firm in Vanglaini, the largest vernacular newspaper in Mizoram.

He informed the Prime Minister that the issue had even been taken up by the State�s largest non-governmental organisation, the Young Mizo Association. He strongly felt the need for a thorough investigation into the firm.

Three weeks later, the PMO forwarded the letter to the Mizoram Chief Secretary�s office with a direction to take appropriate action. It was around then that another report appeared in Vanglaini about how the Chief Secretary had directed the ACB to investigate the matter.

�I may write another letter to the Prime Minister informing him of the government�s inaction,� Lalngaizuala said.

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ACB �inaction� in Mizo firm scam slammed

AIZAWL, April 6 - K Lalngaizuala, a 46-year-old man from East Lungdar in Mizoram�s Serchhip district, who was the man behind Mizoram Government�s order to probe into the controversial Mizo Carbon Pvt Ltd, today slammed the State Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)�s �inaction� in its investigation.

�The ACB has not even conducted preliminary investigation nearly one year after the government issued a probe order. This clearly shows the government lacks real intention to fight corruption,� Lalngaizuala told a press conference here today.

The Mizo Carbon Products, at the Industrial Growth Centre at Luangmual locality in Aizawl, had allegedly availed more than Rs 3 crore of Central subsidies through recommendations by the State Government. However, the firm is nothing more than empty buildings, rusting machinery, surrounded by tall grasses and a lone caretaker who claimed he had been paid for months.

The fact that the firm�s co-owner is the sister-in-law of Mizoram Cabinet Minister Zodintluanga has enlarged the controversy.

Lalngaizuala, a village council member of the 600-household village, said he wrote a letter to the Prime Minister on June 12, 2016, requesting him to initiate a probe into the shady firm, a day before the State�s Council of Ministers decided to positively react to popular demands for an investigation into the firm and its controversial availing of subsidies.

In his letter, Lalngaizuala attached translated reports about the shady firm in Vanglaini, the largest vernacular newspaper in Mizoram.

He informed the Prime Minister that the issue had even been taken up by the State�s largest non-governmental organisation, the Young Mizo Association. He strongly felt the need for a thorough investigation into the firm.

Three weeks later, the PMO forwarded the letter to the Mizoram Chief Secretary�s office with a direction to take appropriate action. It was around then that another report appeared in Vanglaini about how the Chief Secretary had directed the ACB to investigate the matter.

�I may write another letter to the Prime Minister informing him of the government�s inaction,� Lalngaizuala said.

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