Aizawl: Main opposition the Mizo National Front (MNF) has demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into an alleged multi-crore rupee lottery scam and a controversial Mizo Carbon Product scam in which it was alleged that the firm illegally received subsidies amounting to over Rs 3.41 crore.
The opposition on Wednesday submitted a written appeal signed by MNF General Secretary C. Lalrammawia to Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla asking the latter that the alleged scandals must be handed over to the CBI.
The demand for CBI probe into the alleged scandals came after the Chief Minister’s remark that he would welcome the opposition to invite CBI for probe, the opposition said in its letter.
The opposition also asked the Chief Minister to endorse its written appeal to state Chief Secretary Lalmalsawma, IAS who would then instruct concerned officials to prepare a written appeal to the CBI.
Comptroller and Auditor General of India’s (CAG) audit report found huge irregularities in the state lottery.
The CAG in its latest report, presented to the state assembly last year, informed 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.
“The state government during 2012-13 to 2014-15 received paltry revenue of Rs 25.45 crore,” the report added.
The MNF also said that one year after its establishment, the Mizo Carbon Product, a firm which claimed to have processed charcoal at its unit in the Industrial Growth Centre at Luangmual in Aizawl, as per its record has asked Central Transport Subsidy (CTS) and Central Capital Investment Subsidy (CCIS) claiming that it has purchased 3690 MT of coal from Meghalaya and transported to Mizoram.
It alleged that the industry has illegally received CTS and CCIS amounting to Rs. 341,65,086 since its inception in 2011.
The opposition MNF further alleged that the owner of Mizo Carbon product seems somewhat controversial as according to MVAT certificate, the proprietor of the industry was stated as Dr. Margaret, while according to Firm and Societies registration it is owned by two persons namely Dr. Margaret and a non-tribal Ravi Gulgulia.