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Opposition demands CBI probe into lottery scam

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Opposition demands CBI probe into lottery scam

Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): Youth activists of main opposition the Mizo National Front (MNF) on Wednesday staged a rally in front of the Institutional Finance and State Lottery demanding a CBI probe into a multi-crore lottery scam and cancellation of the extension of the contract of several lotteries draws to firms.

MNF youth activists during a protest rally in Aizawl on Wednesday.

Addressing the rally, MNF youth vice-president H. Ramdinliana said that the ruling Congress has carried out lottery without any profit for the state since 2012.

He alleged that the tenure of four firms or distributors, whom chief minister gave undue favour, was extended for two times even after the end of their agreement without floating tenders.

 Quoting the CAG report, presented to the state assembly in 2016, Ramdinliana said that the Mizoram government lost Rs 11,808.77 crore during 2012-13 to 2014-15 fiscal due to non-deposit of Minimum Guaranteed Revenue (MGR) and Administrative Expenses by four lottery
distributors.

He added that the state government received paltry revenue of Rs 25.45 crore from the distributors during the same period.

The vice president also accused chief minister Lal Thanhawla of being involved in the scam through the issuance of tenders to four lottery distributors on May 30.

He said that the total revenue received through state lottery since 2012 has accounted to over Rs 20,000 crore and the distributors had presented only Rs 50 core to the state exchequer.

The youth wing also met Institutional Finance and State Lottery director Jennifer HL Duhawmi and joint director Zoramchhana asking them to immediately stop and cancel the contract of four distributors.

No untoward incidents were reported during the protest.

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Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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