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14 September 2012

Demand To Suspend Corrupt Officials in Mizoram

Aizawl, Sep 14 : Twenty-six organisations in Mizoram, including six political parties, have demanded the immediate suspension of the government officials involved in misusing road-maintenance funds.

The groups and political parties like the BJP, MNF, Mizoram Peoples’ Conference Party and Peoples Conference Party, have also sought the personal appearance of the two top PWD officials, including the engineer-in-chief, a retired engineer-in-chief and a senior accountant in court on September 20 for hearing their bail plea in a corruption case.

Senior office bearers of the Mizoram PCC have joined the anti-graft bandwagon demanding the suspension of the officials dragged to court by the state anti-corruption branch.

Zokailiana, one of the secretaries of the Mizoram PCC, supported the campaigners against corruption at a public meeting today.

At another meeting last week, senior general secretary of the Mizoram PCC, C. Chawngkunga, had also supported the anti-corruption campaigners. “Corruption can only be beaten with the biggest of sticks,” he said.

The Hmarphei Zirlai Pawl (HZP), one of the major political parties in the state, had filed an RTI to find out the financial situation of the Serkhan-Bagha Road. The RTI had revealed the irregularities in the PWD accounts.

The case has succeeded in bringing together a large number political parties and organisations, which have raised the issue of corruption in high places and the seeming inability of the Congress government to do anything about it.

The Society for Social Action president, S.L. Sailova, said it was the government’s duty to suspend the officials under investigation and that there was no reason to wait for the court to tell them to do that. Leaders from the other organisations also criticised the government’s inaction in this case and many others.

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