Congress demands removal of Mizoram Health Minister

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Aizawl, Jun 9 (UNI) The Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) today demanded the removal of State Health Minister R Tlanghimgthanga from the Cabinet, accusing him of misusing public money.

In a memorandum issued to Mizoram Chief Minister P Zoramthanga, the MPCC has accused Mr Tlanghmingthanga of misusing his power and public money.

''Mr Tlanghmingthanga is not fit to remain in office for the misdeeds he has committed. He must resign as a responsible representative of the people,'' MPCC Action Committee Chairman Lalzawma told mediapersons.

''The procurement of useless toilet vans, under the police modernisation scheme during 1999 to 2003, which was also slammed by the CAG, was basically for his personal benefits and the minister must resign,'' the Congress stated.

The party also alleged that Mr Tlanghmingthanga had told the Assembly a blatant lie, when he said on March 12 that Mizoram had not received any funds for construction of the state College of Nursing.

The Congress, instead, stated that Rs 150 lakh had been received on April 15, 2005.

The party further alleged that the minister was indulged in nepotism and favouritism when selecting contractors, suppliers and recruitments for his departments.

''Besides, he has misused funds for improvement of the Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy Unani, Siddha and Homoepathy (AYUSH) amounting to Rs 350 lakh, construction of OPD building at Aizawl Civil Hospital amounting to Rs 135 lakh and the procurement of mobile medical units among others,'' the Congress stated.

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