Mokokchung, 15 February (MTNews): The Nagaland Public Rights Awareness and Action Forum (NPRAAF) have brought attention to significant findings from the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report regarding the diversion of subsidized Superior Kerosene Oil (SKO) by the State Government. Here’s an overview of the key points highlighted by NPRAAF:

Violation of Centre’s Directives: The CAG report revealed that the State Government diverted subsidized SKO worth Rs 19.56 crore or 6113.19 kilo liters (KL) to the open market. This action goes against the directives of the Centre, which strictly prohibit the diversion of SKO to the open market instead of distributing it to targeted beneficiaries under the Public Distribution System (PDS).

Discrepancies in Allocation and Lifting: During 2019-21, the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoPNG) allocated 17,892 KL of SKO to the state. However, the Department reported lifting only 13,752 KL of SKO from Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) during the same period. Upon cross-checking, it was discovered that the State Government had actually lifted 17,367 KL of SKO, resulting in a shortfall of 525 KL.

Allocation to Individuals/Distributors: The State Government allocated 4,974 KL of SKO to 51 individuals/distributors, with no available records for the remaining quantity (1139.19 KL). When discrepancies were brought to light, the State Government acknowledged in September 2022 that it had lifted 17,367 KL of SKO.

Utilization for Ration Cardholders: Out of the 12,276 KL allotted for ration cardholders, 11,253.81 KL was lifted, with utilization certificates furnished for 11,233.79 KL. Additionally, 4,974 KL was allocated to individuals.

In response to the findings of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) regarding the diversion of Superior Kerosene Oil (SKO) in Nagaland, the NPRAAF has urged the Nagaland State Government to promptly initiate a departmental inquiry into the SKO diversion issue highlighted by the CAG. The Forum also insisted on fixing responsibility against erring officials without delay.

NPRAAF has issued a warning that it will take further action if the State Government fails to address the issue effectively. This includes initiating its own course of action to ensure a logical conclusion to the matter if the government neglects to take appropriate measures.

Additionally, NPRAAF expressed concern over rampant corruption in almost every department in Nagaland.

“Government servants, in connivance with contractors and politicians, continue to misuse public benefits programs besides funds sanctioned by the central government without a sense of guilt and accountability, which is appalling,” it stated.

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