JORHAT, June 25 � With an assurance of weeding out corruption from many government departments in his Jorhat constituency, BJP�s young MP Kamakhya Tasa said that he has forwarded the applications of a few sensitive citizens of the town to the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and the Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) for taking legal action against the alleged misappropriation of Central funds by the Jorhat Municipal Board.
Expressing concern over the alleged corruption in the town, Tasa said that Jorhat is lagging behind infrastructural development due to misappropriation of public funds allotted by the Central Government for the rehabilitation of vendors and the development of urban infrastructure years ago.
�I have forwarded the application of a few sensitive citizens of the town who are seeking legal action against the corrupt practices and the persons involved. The documents received through the Right to Information Act have divulged the misappropriation of public funds by the municipal board,� Tasa said in a press conference here.
According to the petitioners, the municipal board by violating the financial rules of the government, allegedly diverted a sum of Rs1,53,45000 (one crore fifty three lakh forty five thousand) for purchasing �Bolero cars and tractors� and setting up temporary sheds which was released by the Central Government for the construction of a multi-utility building in the town for rehabilitation of the vendors.
Out of the total estimated cost of Rs 17.05 crore (seventeen crore five lakh), Rs 1,53,45000 was said to be released by the Central Government in the financial year 2006-07, but the municipal board allegedly failed to execute the project.
Besides this many other allegations of graft have been submitted by the petitioners along with the supporting documents for action against the persons involved.
Tasa said that he will approach the Union Government to set up the required number of courts in the State to curb the pendency rate of corruption cases.
The BJP MP also requested all the officials and persons concerned to abjure corrupt practices in the State which has caused several problems in the governance system.