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Probe ordered into fund misappropriation by Arunachal Govt

 The Centre on Monday ordered a probe into allegations of embezzlement of funds worth Rs900 crore allotted to Arunachal Pradesh Government. The Centre’s move came after the complaint filed by 11 BJP MLAs that the Congress-led State Government had misappropriated the fund allotted by Centre’s Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER). The probe has been ordered by Union Minister Jitendra Singh.

Alleging corruption by the State administration, the BJP MLAs from Arunachal Pradesh complained to Singh that huge funds allotted to the state by DoNER for several schemes were embezzled.

According to the Opposition MLAs, the funds allotted for the past four years for the central government sponsored schemes involved in gross violation and corruption.  The MLAs requested for special audit and inquiry into misuse of the Central Government funds.

“The Union Minister of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Jitendra Singh has ordered probe into allegations of embezzlement, misappropriation, corruption and siphoning of government funds to the tune of over Rs900 crore in Arunachal Pradesh through various Centrally Sponsored Schemes related to Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) and North-Eastern Council (NEC),” said the Ministry in a statement.

Singh directed Secretary, Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region to immediately collect all the relevant information related to these projects and institute an inquiry into the status and progress of these projects. After compilation of the details and examination of the issues raised by the MLAs, comments may be sought from the State Government before deciding further course of action, said the statement