Shillong, Dec 8 (NNN): The Meghalaya IAS Officers’ Association (MIASOA) has strongly condemned AITC national spokesperson Saket Gokhale for his recent statement alleging irregularities in the implementation of the Meghalaya Eco Tourism Infrastructure Development Project.
In a statement issued here, MIASOA president Dr P Shakil Ahammed said the executive committee meeting of the association had strongly condemned the statement of Gokhale as the allegations are false and malicious with an intention to mislead the public.
He said The Meghalayan Age Limited had already issued a clarificatory press release, whereby it had clearly and unequivocally refuted the allegations made in the above press release.
Dr Ahammed said the association stands by Dr Vijay Kumar D, Commissioner and Secretary, Planning Department and CMD of the Meghalayan Age Limited and all the officials concerned who have been named in the press release, with the intention to tarnish their image.
The Association also wished to reiterate that the job of any civil servant is to carry out the mandate and the developmental agenda of a democratically elected government, in accordance with the provision of the Constitution of India and the law of the land.
“Any attempt to make false allegations against government officials including IAS officers and to drag their names with a political motive, which does not serve the public interest is condemnable,” he said.
Dr Ahammed said as clarified by Dr Vijay Kumar, the due process of law including tendering processes and prior approvals of the New Development Bank (NDB) that is funding the project have been followed in the implementation of the Meghalaya Eco Tourism Infrastructure Development Project.
This project aims to promote tourism, a very important sector for the development of the State of Meghalaya, and such false allegations also tarnish the image of the State.