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GUWAHATI: One after another scam has been turning the heat on the agricultural department of Assam, one of the poor performing departments of the government. Off late the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a case of alleged embezzlement of central funds to the tune of Rs 3,000 cr by the Assam agriculture directorate.
The Guwahati Zonal Office of ED took over the two cases from the state CID, which had earlier registered the cases based on FIRs filed by a voluntary organization, Assam Public Works (APW), in September last year.
Assistant director, ED's Guwahati Zonal Office, Debojit .
"There were two FIRs with the CID alleging embezzlement of central funds by the agriculture directorate. We took over the cases under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act," said Debojit Bora, assisitant director, ED, Guwahati Zonal Branch.
He also said that the CID had identified embezzlement of about Rs 700 cr based on the two FIRs but there are media reports and other sources saying the funds misappropriation could be about Rs 3,000 cr.
APW lodged an FIR with CID in September 2014 against the nodal director of the Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojana (RKVY) and Bringing green revolution to Eastern India (BGREI) schemes alleging misappropriation of funds allocated to these schemes. In its FIR lodged with the ADGP, CID, APW alleged that during 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14, though the state received funds worth over Rs 700 crore for the implementation of the schemes, the agriculture directorate did not implement the schemes. However, orders were issued for the supply of items for the two schemes.
This is perhaps one of the biggest financial scams to be probed by a central investigating agency in the state after the NIA probe into the scam in the Dima Hasao district involving Rs 1,000-cr in 2009 and the letter-of-credit scam in the veterinary department in 1996 amounting to Rs 400 cr.