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Mizoram suspends extension of lottery contract draws to four firms

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Mizoram suspends extension of lottery contract draws to four firms

Aizawl: The Mizoram government has suspended extension of the contract of several lotteries draws to firms in the wake of agitation launched main opposition party the Mizo National Front (MNF).

State finance department on Tuesday issued a notification suspending all the state lottery contracts drawn by four distributors and selling agents, an official told zoramobserver.com on Thursday.

There are four distributors under Mizoram State Lottery. While paper lottery was carried out by Teesta Distributors, online lottery was carried out by three distributors- Summit Online Trade Solution, NV International and Ecool Gamming Solution.

The opposition MNF had earlier picketed Directorate of Institutional Finance and State Lottery in Aizawl, demanding the state government to cancel the extension of the contract of several lottery draws to firms.

The opposition had alleged that the state government lost huge amount of money because of improper channelization of lottery.

MNF general secretary and vigilance committee vice-chairman L. Thangmawia alleged that the state government had incurred losses amounting to nearly Rs 11,808.77 crore due to lottery scam.

The CAG, in its latest report presented to the Assembly in 2016, said the Mizoram government lost Rs 11,808.77 crore during 2012-13 to 2014-15 fiscal because of non-deposit of minimum guaranteed revenue (MGR) and administrative expenses by four lottery distributors.

“The state government during 2012-13 to 2014-15 received a paltry revenue of Rs 25.45 crore,” the report also said.

The opposition had also demanded a CBI probe into the scam and slammed Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla for being hesitant to call in the investigating agency.

MNF senior vice president Tawnluia on Monday raised a question about the Chief Minister having nexus with four distributors to make a profit out of the scam.

Tawnluia told a press conference that the tender which was floated in 2011 was responded by the four distributors at Minimum Guaranteed Revenue and the tenure of these distributors were extended several times by the state without floating new tender.

Citing cartelization in the process, the MNF has appealed the state government several times to revoke tender and cancel all lottery process in the state, Tawnluia said.

He alleged that the government lost a huge amount of revenue because the four distributors gave paltry revenue to the state exchequer.

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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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