Aizawl, Oct 16:The main opposition party the Mizo National Front (MNF) on Friday slammed the Congress government over formation of member of Selection Committee for beneficiaries under the Food Security Act, 2013 and accused the ruling Congress of giving utter favour to its party workers in the process of appointment of Selection Committee which would ostensibly lead unfair means in the subsequent selection of the beneficiaries.
Speaking to media in a press conference here today, MNF vice president R Tlanghmingthanga said that as per evidence the ruling government has given undue favour to its party workers in the process of appointment of member of Selection Committee under Food Security Act, 2013 to be implemented in Mizoram from November next. “In spite of announcement by state Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs minister John Rotluangliana that the government would make a free and fair selection in the appointment of the Selection Committee keeping aside party politics, the Congress government has yet brought anomaly in the process of appointment by giving utter favour to its party workers,”, he said.
Evidence from 22 Local Councils or Village Councils shows that the ruling government has appointed members for the Selection Committee under the Food Security exclusively from its party workers, he added.
As per the order vide no No. B.13017/9(A)/2013-DTE (SPY) GEN) issued by the state government on 6 September, it has been stated that the Selection Committee would be headed by District Civil Supply Officer (DCSO) as Chairman and VC/LC president or chairman would be appointed as Vice Chairman. Whereas Secretary of the Selection Committee would be appointed by the Chairman from among educated persons of the village and that of Assistant Secretary is to be appointed from Secretary of the Village/Local Council; or sub-village committee (for the concerned sub-village committee). The member of the Selection Committee is to be composed of all members of the Village Council and all members of the Sub-Village Committee for the concerned sub-village.
The District Civil Officer of Aizawl West R. Siamliana in his letter dated 16 July had asked the Chairman of Thakthing Local Council to propose an educated person from his locality to be appointed as Secretary for the Selection Committee. Accordingly the Local Council chairman proposed an educated person who has been later rejected by the authority and in his place put a congress members, Tlanghmingthanga alleged.
He added that when the DCSO was questioned about the appointment of Secretary, the latter said that he has no authority as the order came from high level. According to the vice president the opposition has submitted complaint to the government over the appointment of Selection Committee as a result of which formation of the Committee in some Local Councils has been cancelled.
R. Tlanghmingthanga alleged that all Congress leaders ranging from Minister to District Congress Committee including Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs minister John Rotluangliana have involved in the selection process.