Mizoram uncovered Rs 256 crore as loan from RBI

AIZAWL: The government of Mizoram benefited from loans of Reserved Bank of India (RBI) as “discovered” six times between July 21 and August 2 during the current 2022-23 fiscal year, a state finance department official said on Sunday.

The official said the government used loans amounting to Rs 256,396 crore overdrawn during the period.

The state government is currently facing a financial crisis and the payment of salaries to government employees has been delayed at least twice in July and August.

Meanwhile, opposition spokesman in Congress, Lallianchhunga, has alleged that the government has facilitated the payment of some contractors, which it favors even as the government has delayed payment of wages and medical bills. amounting to millions of rupees under the government health care scheme are awaiting payment to beneficiaries.

He told reporters that the government had recently paid out millions of rupees to some contractors and businesses at a time when the state was reeling from an acute financial crisis resulting in delays in payment of salaries and medical bills.

Citing a response under the Right to Information Act, Lallianchhunga said contract invoices amounting to more than 9 crores submitted by a first class contractor named Kamlova Chhangte were released on the same day as the invoices. have been submitted.

Another bill in the amount of Rs. 9.92 crore from Chhangte was again released from a district treasury within a week, he said.

He alleged that two invoices amounting to Rs. 8.84 crores by another contractor named Zoramchhana, who is the relative of the Chief Minister, were also released recently on the same day the invoices were submitted. In addition, bills amounting to crores of rupees also had to

Northeast Consultancy Services (NECS), a construction firm owned by Sports Minister Robert Romawia Royte, projects MLN, Tantia Construction Limited and other contractors on the same day they submitted their invoices, he said.

Despite repeated attempts, officials could not be reached for comment.
Lallianchhunga alleged that the financial crisis under the current government has now reached its climax.

He said medical bills amounting to Rs. 77 crore under the state health care scheme were pending remittance to beneficiaries.

According to the President of Congress, a total of 39,505 beneficiaries have been registered for health insurance under the health care plan.

Medical bills submitted by 72% of beneficiaries are now awaiting release, he added.

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