Meghalaya CM defends political appointees

Meghalaya CM defends political appointees
Shillong, Aug 6 (PTI) With pressure mounting from sundry quarters, Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Donkupar Roy has sought to justify the political appointees in various boards and corporations, saying the number of such appointees during the previous Congress-led Government was even more.

"So far we have made 88 political appointments compared to above 100 appointments, most of them during 2007-2008, by the previous Congress-led government. Plus, there is no wasteful expenditure of public money in appointing chairmen, co-chairmen, vice-chairmen and deputy chairmen in various government bodies and PSUs," Dr Roy told reporters last night after a meeting of the ruling coalition partners.

The NCP-UDP-led ruling Meghalaya Progressive Alliance has come under sharp attack from various quarters, including the opposition, for accommodating a number of failed-politicians in various boards and corporations.

The chief minister, however, claimed to have taken strict measures on expenditure by the political appointees. Various tour programmes of the political appointees, except those "important ones" are not being sanctioned, he said.

He said the Finance department has already been asked to fix the ceiling for of travel allowance (TA) and other expenses of all the political appointees.

Meanwhile, Dr Roy informed that he was yet to accept the resignation of Meghalaya Mineral Development Council Chairman A M Basiawmoit.

MLA Basaiawmoit had tendered his resignation to Dr Roy opposing appointment of numerous chairmen, vice-chairmen and deputy chairmen in various boards and corporations.

According to Basaiawmoit, unnecessary expenditure by such type of appointments would badly affect the public exchequer.

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