AIZAWL, Aug 5 - Aizawl Bench of Gauhati High Court has directed the Mizoram Government to suspend its disbursal of funds under its flagship programme New Land Use Policy (NLUP) until and unless it adopts transparent criteria for selection of beneficiaries.
Acting on a PIL filed by social activist Vanramchhuangi, the Division Bench of Justice Suman Shyam and Justice AM Bujarbarua issued the interim order on August 3.
In her PIL, Vanramchhuangi alleged gross anomalies in the distribution process. She said that due to absence of transparent criteria, the official respondents were choosing beneficiaries in arbitrary manner by depriving thousands of genuine families who fit into the criteria. She also alleged that only ruling MLAs were entrusted to select beneficiaries, leaving out six opposition MLAs, which was in contravention to the NLUP guidelines set up by the government.
She also mentioned in her PIL of large scale irregularities in the NLUP discovered by the CAG in its report for a period from 2011-12 to 2015-16.