Make inquiry panels submit reports: UDP

SHILLONG, Jan 24: The United Democratic Party (UDP) has urged the state government to ensure that the reports of various inquiry committees constituted are submitted soon.
The UDP is a major constituent of the National People’s Party-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government.
UDP general secretary, Jemino Mawthoh told a few reporters that the state government should prod the probe panels to complete their investigations and submit the reports. He referred to the inquiries into the irregularities in the MeECL, rice scam in the Social Welfare Department and the death of former HNLC leader, Cheristerfield Thangkhiew.
He said the UDP had discussed this matter as most of the leaders were concerned about the inability of the probe panels to complete their job within the given timeline.
“We feel it is important that the people know the findings of these inquiry panels. We will push the state government to speed up the probe of all the inquiries,” Mawthoh said.
The UDP general secretary also said all those who are involved in the illegalities should be booked according to the provisions of the law.
“We cannot allow those who are responsible for the irregularities to go scot-free,” he said, adding that he has no idea why the inquiries have not been completed.
“There could be various factors for the delay. I am sure the inquiry (committees) would suggest to the government the rectification of various discrepancies in the system,” Mawthoh said.
The state unit of All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) had also questioned the delay in the submission of the report by the Justice (retd) T. Vaiphei-headed one-man inquiry commission probing the killing of Thangkhiew.
“The state government has to be serious in anything committed to the people. There must be actions to instil trust and confidence in the minds of people on any commitment made by the government,” AITC leader and former Chief Minister Mukul M. Sangma had said.

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