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Assam CM Orders Probe Onto Rs 139 Crore Scam

The Chief Minister reviewed the functioning of the welfare board and ordered a probe to unearth an alleged scam. The investigation will be carried out by the vigilance cell of the CM.

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Assam Chief Minister (CM) Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday (30 May) has ordered an enquiry into a Rs 139 crore supposed scam of Assam Building and Other Construction Workers' Welfare Board under the labour and welfare department of the state.

The Chief Minister reviewed the functioning of the welfare board and ordered a probe to unearth an alleged scam. The investigation will be carried out by the vigilance cell of the CM.

One percent of the total cost of a building or a project needs to be deposited into the fund of Assam Building and Other Construction Workers’ Board that will help in different welfare activities for the workers. The welfare board collected Rs 139 crore during the last year but there have been gross irregularities in the expenditure of the fund.

Out of the total collected fund, Rs 71 crore was spent for printing leaflets, booklets and other folders for awareness along with Rs 1.96 crore was spent for hoardings. Media promotion accounted for Rs 8.5 crore for television and Rs 74 lakh for print advertisement.

“As these irregularities happened during the tenure of the previous Chairman of the Board, he must be also brought under the purview of the investigation,” said Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal.

Sarbananda Sonowal said that these corrupt practices must be uncovered and the culprit who has been misusing the fund meant for poor constructions worker’s welfare must be punished.

The CM has directed welfare board to modernise online registration for employees and provide skill training to the workers to bring in better skilled staff who can find employment anywhere in the country.


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