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Hek defends govt over CAG findings

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By Our Reporter

SHILLONG, Sep 26: Senior BJP leader and Cabinet minister, AL Hek has defended the state government despite the Comptroller and Auditor General exposing undue favours and wasteful expenditures by various departments resulting in loss of funds worth crores of rupees.
Hek on Tuesday said the allegations have to be authenticated and proven before any action is taken into the matter.
Stating that it is the duty of the CAG to report such issues, he added that the concerned departments will submit their replies accordingly.
He, however, mentioned that if anything wrong has occurred, it the duty of the government of the day to rectify it.
Reacting to the CAG report picking holes in implementation of the PM-KISAN in Meghalaya and casting doubts over the genuineness of the beneficiaries of the scheme, Hek said he did not believe that the scheme was not reaching out to the beneficiaries.
“Some are getting it and some are not getting the scheme. It is just a matter of time,” he said, explaining that PM-KISAN is not meant for all citizens.
‘Rikman’s appointment
a welcome move’
Hek hailed the decision of the party’s central leadership to appoint Rikman Momin as the BJP state president.
Terming it as the right move, Hek said Momin was a senior worker of the party in Meghalaya.
Refusing to give weight to any speculation over Earnest Mawrie’s removal, Hek said it was due for a long time.
‘Mukul’s photograph
act childish’
Hek also termed Mukul Sangma’s action of displaying a photograph of Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma with an alleged drug kingpin inside the Assembly as “childish”.
Hek said everyone has a personal life and it should not be brought into the public domain. “Anybody can come and click pictures with them since they are public figures,” he stated.

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