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By Our Correspondent, TNT News | TURA, Jan 15, 2018:
A Garo-Hills based social organisation — A'chik Indigenous Justice Initiative Forum (AIJIF) on Monday fired salvo at BJP national president, Amit Shah over his 'fabricated' statement made during his recent visit to Meghalaya stating that the BJP supremo's statement on development of the Agia – Mendipathar – Tura road is 'something that does not even exist'.
Amit Shah had allegedly stated that an amount of Rs 9,000 crores was given to the state for the development of the Agia – Mendipathar – Tura road – something that the organisation is not willing to comprehend as it maintained that there is no such route – "Agia – Mendipathar – Tura".
The AIJIF has sought the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi's intervention on Amit Shah's recent statement as well as accountability of public figures in what was said. Shah allegedly also said that an amount of Rs 2880 crores had been sanctioned for the Mankachar – Mahendraganj road, which apparently was only Rs 28.672 crores.
The forum in a release stated that there is no such route – "Agia – Mendipathar – Tura" currently and if such a huge amount was sanctioned for the said route a complete account of the project much be produced before the public.
"At ground level a road from Agia – Medhipara – Phulbari-Tura (AMPT) exists and taking cognizance of the detailed project report and Mankachar-Mahendraganj road it has been ascertained that the total amount sanctioned by North Eastern council (NEC) against Agia-Medhipara-Phulbari-Tura road (AMPT) road is approximately Rs 100 cr and that for Mankachar-Mahendraganj (MM) road is Rs 28.674 cr," said Alex K. Sangma, director of the forum.
The forum has raised questions on the accountability of such project.
"It raises serious concern over the veracity of statements made by public figures as Amit Shah's statement itself does not synchronize with the detailed project report against the sanction of the stated amount for (AMPT) and Mankachar-Mahendraganj (MM) road," the release added.
The forum also sought clarification that if such a huge amount was sanctioned, the government of Meghalaya should give account and explanation of the above mentioned amount.
The forum strongly urged Modi on accountability in public addresses and public speeches made by prominent political figures or give account and maintain transparency with respect to projects funded by central government.