National People’s Party leader Prestone Tynsong today warned the people of Meghalaya to be careful in availing the last-minute schemes distributed by Chief Minister Mukul Sangma. Mr Tynsong, a former Congress minister in Mukul Sangma, said one such scheme is the Empowerment of Women Scheme, which was inaugurated way back in 2012.
NPP leader cited an example of how beneficiaries of this scheme were asked by banks to repay the loan that was disbursed through this scheme. Accusing Dr Sangma of “looting” the people and the state by introducing useless schemes for farmers like agar and anthurium plantations, he recalled that as Forest minister he had expressed his reservations about the viability of such schemes.
“He (Dr. Sangma) even visited the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun to meet scientists on the agar plantation scheme and on the basis of their feedback dissuaded the chief minister from going ahead with it because a similar plantation in Kerala did not yield any results,” he said addressing an NPP rally here Mr Sangma said that how Dr Sangma had brought his own ‘scientists’ from Singapore and went ahead with the scheme, which involved a financial expenditure of around Rs. 70-80 crore.
Moreover, the process of procurement of agar samplings is not transparent and the entire project is being implemented by consultants from outside the state. Mr Tynsong said the money could have been distributed to the farmers who would have used their wisdom and experience to plant what is most suitable for them. NPP leder cited this as an example of Dr. Mukul Sangma’s modus operandi to make money. He urged the people of Meghalaya to put an end to this system of looting the people and to teach Mukul Sangma a lesson.
Former Congress leader-turned NPP Rowell Lyngdoh who spoke in the meeting clarified that even though he’s been with the Congress for more than 30 years, he was kicked out from the Congress by the two doctors (Dr Mukul and Dr D.D. Lapang) because he fought for the development of the area and because they claimed that he’s too old. Mr Lyngdoh also said that he’s contesting again now because he has unfinished business.