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AIZAWL, June 2 - The Mizoram Government today rubbished the CAG�s findings that the state government�s flagship programme New Land Use Policy (NLUP) failed to achieve all its objectives.

A meeting of NLUP Implementing Board chaired by vice-chairman P L Thanga, in Aizawl today, termed the CAG�s report on the NLUP as �baseless.�

On the CAG�s allegations that beneficiaries were selected by NLUP Apex Board, instead of village level NLUP committees, the NIB said these allegations were baseless.

�Baseline survey was conducted by Young Mizo Association in all the villages. The lists of beneficiaries selected by both the YMA branches and village level NLUP committees were submitted to their respective Deputy Commissioners. The fact that no one has complained against the baseline survey till date proves that the survey was reliable,� the NIB said in the statement.

It said the NLUP Apex Board only gave approval to the beneficiaries selected by the VLNCs. It added that the eligibility of the beneficiaries from 10 clusters in Aizawl was further scrutinized by a neutral body from the Mizoram University. A number of ineligible beneficiaries were cancelled.

The CAG had said in its report that there was no record to show that the VLNC was involved in the selection of beneficiaries.

Refuting the CAG�s report that there was no identification of compact area as stated in the NLUP manual, the NIB said Mizoram was divided into 40 cluster/compact areas, which were not different from identification of compact areas in the Central Government schemes. On the CAG�s findings that there were 1400 ineligible beneficiaries, the NIB maintained that after thorough scrutiny, as many as 1,178 beneficiaries were cancelled before the start of the first phase. After such scrutiny, there was no ineligible beneficiary, it said.

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CAG report baseless, says Thanga

AIZAWL, June 2 - The Mizoram Government today rubbished the CAG�s findings that the state government�s flagship programme New Land Use Policy (NLUP) failed to achieve all its objectives.

A meeting of NLUP Implementing Board chaired by vice-chairman P L Thanga, in Aizawl today, termed the CAG�s report on the NLUP as �baseless.�

On the CAG�s allegations that beneficiaries were selected by NLUP Apex Board, instead of village level NLUP committees, the NIB said these allegations were baseless.

�Baseline survey was conducted by Young Mizo Association in all the villages. The lists of beneficiaries selected by both the YMA branches and village level NLUP committees were submitted to their respective Deputy Commissioners. The fact that no one has complained against the baseline survey till date proves that the survey was reliable,� the NIB said in the statement.

It said the NLUP Apex Board only gave approval to the beneficiaries selected by the VLNCs. It added that the eligibility of the beneficiaries from 10 clusters in Aizawl was further scrutinized by a neutral body from the Mizoram University. A number of ineligible beneficiaries were cancelled.

The CAG had said in its report that there was no record to show that the VLNC was involved in the selection of beneficiaries.

Refuting the CAG�s report that there was no identification of compact area as stated in the NLUP manual, the NIB said Mizoram was divided into 40 cluster/compact areas, which were not different from identification of compact areas in the Central Government schemes. On the CAG�s findings that there were 1400 ineligible beneficiaries, the NIB maintained that after thorough scrutiny, as many as 1,178 beneficiaries were cancelled before the start of the first phase. After such scrutiny, there was no ineligible beneficiary, it said.