Dimapur, August 13 (NEx): Lokayukta Nagaland granted Prosecution Sanction against 2 Retired IAS Officers- Former Agriculture Production Commissioner & Chairman of the SFAC (N) and Former Managing Director SFAC (N) for irregularities in issuing the work order for the “Post Harvest Management of Horticulture Crops in six (6) districts in Nagaland to the contractor without technical approval.
A case was registered on October 06, 2018 against the then Secretary, Horticulture Department & Managing Director Small Farmer’s Agri- Business Consortium (SFAC) Nagaland who had issued the work order for the Project “Post Harvest Management of Horticulture Crops in Dimapur, Peren, Mokokchung, Tuensang, Phek and Wokha” to the contractor without technical approval, a report from DIPR stated.
The total amount of the Project is Rs. 717.90 lakhs and an amount of Rs. 241.30 lakhs was released as first installment. Payment was released to the contractor within 4 (four) days after the work order was issued when there was no urgency or justification to do so, it said.
It is also reported that the project was implemented in private lands instead of the Department’s land- Based on the charges established against the Officials and the contractor. Chargesheet was submitted to the Hon’ble Lokayukta, Nagaland for grant of Prosecution Sanction against the 2 (two) retired IAS Officers. The Lokayukta Nagaland on August 04, 2020 has granted Prosecution Sanction as per Section 26 of the Nagaland Lokayukta Act against the said officers.
Furthermore, it said that chargesheet has been submitted to the District & Session Judge & Special Judge, Nagaland Lokayukta on August 13th, 2020 to proceed with the formal trial.