NGO questions employees-relatives business nexus

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Itanagar-based NGO, MUMKIN (Movement for Unified Multifaceted Knowledge Interaction Network), has raised questions over the proprietorship of businesses by the kith and kin of government employees in the state.
Addressing press persons at the Press Club on Friday, MUMKIN Chairman Tadar Niglar questioned the proprietorship of two firms – Zee Engineering and Construction, and OM Traders – alleging that the proprietors of both the Class-I registered firms are wives of government employees, which it said violates the Central Service Rules, 1964.
The Mumkin has launched a campaign called ‘Livelihood for all’ with the theme, ‘One person, one profession’, apparently aimed at exposing the business nexus between government employees and their kith and kin.
Quoting various CCS rules, Niglar claimed that Zee Engineering and Construction’s proprietor, Likha Nap, is the wife of RWD SE NL Kamin, and OM Traders’ proprietor, Yompi Kri, is the wife of former PHED chief engineer Lupalum Kri.
The MUMKIN has submitted a representation to the chief secretary, seeking cancellation of the contractors’ licences. Niglar also said both the firms are undertaking various projects – to the tune of crores of rupees – and demanded that the chief secretary cancel all contract agreement with both the firms.
The NGO also called for immediate halt on all government payments to both the firms, and cancellation of the contractor registration licences of both the firms.
Niglar also alleged that government employees’ kith and kin “are controlling all the businesses in Arunachal Pradesh, depriving employed youths of opportunities.”
He threatened to file a petition against “the prevailing cultures” if the matter is not addressed by the government.
The proprietors of the firms in question could not be contacted by this daily for their remarks on the allegations.