Mizoram Opposition hits out on Provident Fund lapses

Aizawl, 28 February 2018 : The Mizo National Front (MNF), the main Opposition party in Mizoram, on Tuesday came down heavily on the ruling Congress for alleged irregularities in implementation of general provident fund (GPF) rules and accused the state government of robbing its employees by withholding dearness allowances (DA) and dearness relief (DR) of pensioners.

During a news conference at Aizawl Press Club here, the MNF's vigilance and legal department in-charge David R. Lalsawmtluanga alleged that the state government maintains individual GPF accounts of its employees, violating GPF rules.

He alleged that some officials in the finance department, especially those above superintendent rank, apart from chief minister, finance minister and finance secretary have reserved quota of Rs 80 lakh for one quarter which is a fabricated rule.

"As demanded by the rules, the employees deposit their GPF money to the government's account which can be used any time when needed with permission from head of office. When the employees need to withdraw money from their GPF accounts, they have to pay 5-10 per cent interest to ministers and some leaders in Congress Bhawan," he alleged.

He asked the government to probe the malpractice and refund money that had been taken from employees as interest and demanded stringent punishment to persons involved in such activities.

Lalsawmtluanga added that the government employees and pensioners are affected as the government has failed to release DA on time.

He said the state government has not released DA to in-service employees for 104 months and pensioners for 123 months since July 2010, despite release of funds by the Centre.

Lalsawmtluanga alleged that the government has forced group A and B officers and group C employees to deposit 72 per cent interest rate as DA and 36 per cent interest rate for group D employees.

Accusing the ruling Congress of failing in financial management, Lalsawmtluanga said government employees and pensioners have no faith in the Congress government because of its maladministration and people of Mizoram will remove the Congress from power.

Congress media cell chairman James Thanghmingmawia said they will first look into the charges and find out if these are baseless allegations.

~ Telegraphindia.com
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