PSU’s CVO alleges corruption in Arunachal’s Hydro Electric Project

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Arunachal Pradesh, Dec 13, 2016: The Chief Vigilance Officer of North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) has accused Union Minister of State of Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, his cousin Goboi Rijiju, a contractor in Arunachal Pradesh and several top officials the PSU, including its Chairman and Managing Director, have been named in a 129-page report that alleges corruption in the construction of two dams for 600 MW Kameng Hydro Electric Project.

This dam is one of the biggest hydro-electric projects in Arunachal Pradesh in West Kameng, which is the minister’s parliamentary constituency.

The report by CVO Satish Verma, a Gujarat IPS officer, sent to the CBI, CVC and Ministry of Power in July this year, alleges an “elaborate conspiracy” involving contractors, NEEPCO officials and the West Kameng district administration to defraud NEEPCO and the government of funds that “may extend up to Rs 450 crore.”

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has made two ‘surprise check’ but no FIR has been registered, the CVO alleges.

According to IE, NEEPCO “pulled up” Verma for “unauthorised absence,” and transferred him to CRPF in Tripura soon after he sent the report. Verma, however, claimed the absence was because of his investigation.

As per Verma’s report, a number of fake and inflated bills were shown by the contractors to “allegedly siphon off money in the name of transporting rocks needed for construction of the dams.”

The transportation cost was decided arbitrarily and several transport challans and records submitted by the contractor, Patel Engineering Limited (PEL), were fake, Verma had alleged.

Meanwhile, after the allegation came to light, MoS for Home Kiren Rijiju has said that those who “planted” the news that he has been named along with a few others in a vigilance report on corruption at NEEPCO will get beaten up with shoes if they come to Arunachal Pradesh.

 Wefornews Bureau

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