Aizawl, Dec 16: People Right to Information and Development Implementing Society of Mizoram (PRISM), the Aizawl based anti-corruption watchdog accused government top leaders of lavishly squandering public money insignificantly on petty matters and less important function.
The accusation of squandering public money by government top officials came to light during the 19th edition of Mizoram Watch organized by PRISM on Wednesday here in the state capital.
Presided over by PRISM president Vanlalruata, the 19th edition of Mizoram Watch was organized at Prism Conference Hall during which activities of the speaker, ministers and parliamentary secretaries during a year as appeared in the official notice were examined and thoroughly deliberated.
The members presented at the year-end Watch programme observed that ministers including parliamentary secretaries and other important leaders had been invited as chief guest and guest of honour in as many as 392 occasions during December, 2014 to November, 2015.
“The fact that government top leaders attending function as chief guest and guest of honour for several times in a year was nothing but a part of squandering public purse,”, the members alleged.
Slamming the state government for allegedly going on lavish culture, the participating members said the participation of government top officials as special guest in a function organised by indivual or organisation where only few people participated was nothing but unconsciously lavish and indecent act to be followed by a person who have the feeling of love for his land.
The members alleged huge money is being spent on ministers and government officials for attending petty and unimportant functions.
They slammed chief minister Lal Thanhawla for allegedly travelling in helicopter to attend a function as chief guest and inaugurate a small public undertaking which according to the participating members was part of squandering public money in the absence of austerity measure.
Leaders of the anti-corruption watchdog slammed ministers and other legislators for allegedly paying fewer visits to their respective areas or constituencies. They observed that the total number of visit paid by all legislators to their respective areas during the current year was only a meager 123 times. “The legislators should retrospect themselves with respect to paying attention to their respective constituencies,” the participating members urged.
The leaders said that in spite of 949 activities appeared in the official statement to have been performed by government top leaders, there were few reports about the ministers or MLAs visiting government project site.
The 19th edition of Mizoram Watch was coincided with the closing ceremony of PRISM office for Christmas and New Year celebration. PRISM will re-open its office on 18 January next.