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Meghalaya Govt must take action against officials: Pac

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SHILLONG, June 28 - The Meghalaya Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today said the State Government is legally obliged to take action against officials found responsible for financial and policy irregularities.

The Charles Pyngrope-headed PAC has held four meetings since it was constituted in April this year. During this short tenure it has summoned several officials, including Chief Secretary YS Tsering, and sought explanations.

Most of the irregularities were pointed out by the Comptroller and Auditor General. Recently, the PAC members visited remote areas along the Indo-Bangladesh border to examine some of the irregularities pointed out in the CAG�s report.

The PAC members noted the dilapidated condition of the border roads and found that these have not been repaired for decades. The apathy of the PWD was not lost and the PAC members said these strategic roads have to be repaired.

It was found during the fact-finding trip that the Border Roads Organisation had handed over one of the roads (Balat-Shella) to the State PWD in 1985 and since then the PWD has abandoned this vital road completely.

�We have summoned the Chief Secretary and the Principal Secretary (Finance) and asked them to submit their reports within a month regarding certain irregularities pointed out by the CAG,� Himalaya Shangpliang, PAC member, said.

The PAC was not satisfied with the earlier replies of the officials and, therefore, the Chief Secretary and the Principal Secretary (Finance) were summoned. �If we are not satisfied, we will recommend action against the officials for the irregularities. The Government has to act,� the chairman said.

Pyngrope said the Government has to file FIRs against the erring officials if the PAC seeks action against these officials. �The State Government has to take action and file FIRs if the PAC seeks action,� the chairman stated.

He said that in certain cases there could be oversight and officials could be let off with a note of caution, but in cases which involve serious financial anomalies, stricter action has to be taken.

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Meghalaya Govt must take action against officials: Pac

SHILLONG, June 28 - The Meghalaya Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today said the State Government is legally obliged to take action against officials found responsible for financial and policy irregularities.

The Charles Pyngrope-headed PAC has held four meetings since it was constituted in April this year. During this short tenure it has summoned several officials, including Chief Secretary YS Tsering, and sought explanations.

Most of the irregularities were pointed out by the Comptroller and Auditor General. Recently, the PAC members visited remote areas along the Indo-Bangladesh border to examine some of the irregularities pointed out in the CAG�s report.

The PAC members noted the dilapidated condition of the border roads and found that these have not been repaired for decades. The apathy of the PWD was not lost and the PAC members said these strategic roads have to be repaired.

It was found during the fact-finding trip that the Border Roads Organisation had handed over one of the roads (Balat-Shella) to the State PWD in 1985 and since then the PWD has abandoned this vital road completely.

�We have summoned the Chief Secretary and the Principal Secretary (Finance) and asked them to submit their reports within a month regarding certain irregularities pointed out by the CAG,� Himalaya Shangpliang, PAC member, said.

The PAC was not satisfied with the earlier replies of the officials and, therefore, the Chief Secretary and the Principal Secretary (Finance) were summoned. �If we are not satisfied, we will recommend action against the officials for the irregularities. The Government has to act,� the chairman said.

Pyngrope said the Government has to file FIRs against the erring officials if the PAC seeks action against these officials. �The State Government has to take action and file FIRs if the PAC seeks action,� the chairman stated.

He said that in certain cases there could be oversight and officials could be let off with a note of caution, but in cases which involve serious financial anomalies, stricter action has to be taken.

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