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This article hopes to

This article hopes to highlight the contributions of 2010 RTI nominee Mr. Akhil Gogoi of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) Assam and his campaign to expose the corruption and militant-politician nexus in the multi crore rupees scam in which funds meant for development in the remote North Cachar hills in southern Assam have been unaccounted for. The funds in question had come from the Central government who took on the initiative of bringing growth and development to this region of Assam. Of this large amount nearly Rs 950 crores have been unaccounted for. The spotlight in the state has been on Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarmah who has recently come under the radar for having disproportionate assets relative to income which not new in Assam even among politicians from the opposition however this time it is on a very grand scale. Although the CBI is currently looking at the audit trail of these funds due to the Central governments Initiatives, the government of Assam and in particular Mr Himanta Biswa Sharma has only granted the CBI access to an audit of 30% of these amounts, which is surely obstructing the course of justice. Akhil Gogoi, a nominee for the RTI award for 2010, who has in the past successfully exposed the corruption that we as common Assamese must deal with on a day to basis has done what no other person has had the courage to do. He has singlehandedly rocked the cozy cradle of corruption that seems to embody the politicians and certain bureaucrats of Assam. So one should critically appraise the evidence Mr Akhil is putting forward against some of Assam’s politicians in what could be the largest corruption scandal facing the country and certainly requiring a full end to end audit by an independent commission of where this money went.
Rahul Saikia
Salsbury Road
NW6 6RJ
London

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