November 23, 2022

Government to share MeECL and rice ‘scam’ reports with MPs

SHILLONG, September 21: The state government has decided to send copies of the investigation reports into the MeECL and Rice scam to all MPs.
“Some members brought this up in the fall session and wanted the copies. We have decided to send the MeECL and Social Welfare reports to all MPs. The political department will do what is necessary,” Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said on Wednesday.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) and a few other members had asked the state government to table the investigation report into the MeECL and rice scams during the recently concluded fall session.
Emphasizing that two issues need to be understood, Tynsong said: “The constitution of a Judicial Inquiry Commission is guided by the Central Government Commission Act and the report of a Judicial Inquiry Commission is a matter for the Central Government. ‘State. We do not have to present it or table it in the House (Assembly). »
The Power Inquiry Commission, headed by (retired) Justice RN Mishra of the Allahabad High Court, delivered its report to the government in March this year.
The committee was tasked with reviewing records and making recommendations regarding the operation of MeECL and its three subsidiaries – Meghalaya Power Generation Corporation Ltd, Meghalaya Power Transmission Corporation Ltd and Meghalaya Power Distribution Corporation Ltd.
The survey covered the period from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2021.
Even the independent investigation into the alleged rice scam has been submitted to the state government, but the findings of the report have yet to be made public.
Tynsong, who also holds the Power portfolio, said the state government is reviewing all the points raised by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India in his report to take corrective action.
He said MeECL has suffered losses since the day it started operating as Meghalaya State Electricity Board (MeSEB).
“Inside the house, I replied that we spend no less than Rs 150 crore but only earn Rs 75 crore per month. So you understand the loss is huge,” Tynsong said, referring to the losses highlighted in the CAG report.