Aizawl (www.zoramobserver.com): Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on Friday said the state government has given its consent for a CBI probe into the alleged fraud in disbursement of central subsidies to Mizo Carbon Product, a firm which claimed to have processed charcoal at its unit in the Industrial Growth Centre at Luangmual in Aizawl.
Addressing party workers during a political session at Congress Bhavan here, Lal Thanhawla, who is also the president of Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) said the state has the power to request the CBI to investigate the alleged scam.
“I am the person who invited the CBI to probe into the Mizo Carbon Product scam and the central investigating agency could not be called in without prior permission of the state government,” he said.
It has been alleged that Mizo Carbon Product, a firm which claimed to have processed charcoal at its unit in the Industrial Growth Centre at Luangmual in Aizawl has illegally received central subsidies amounting to over Rs 3.41 crore since its inception in 2011.
Acting on the petition filed by a civil activist Vanramchhuangi, the Aizawl bench of Gauhati High Court on Wednesday issued an order directing the CBI to probe into the alleged fraud in disbursement of subsidies to Mizo Carbon Product.
Meanwhile, Lal Thanhawla also took a dig at BJP government saying its political influence has been gradually declining in mainland India due to the party religious policy.
He alleged that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country is decreasing rapidly under the BJP led central government.
Claiming that development become not a standstill in Mizoram, Lal Thanhawla said the GSDP of Mizoram which is recorded at 11 per cent is one the highest among Indian states.
“While the GDP of India as a whole has been decreased vehemently, Mizoram records one of the highest GSDP rate at 11 per cent in the country. This manifested that development is not in a standstill in Mizoram despite allegation from some quarters,” he said.
He also expressed hope that the Congress would retain power in the state for the third consecutive term.
“We have responsibility to retain power in the next assembly election and I am hopeful that we would win the assembly election to form the government for the third consecutive term,” he added.