A probe by the Comptroller and Auditor General into allegations of irregularities committed by Assam's North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council reveals a scam that might exceed the Rs1,000 crore estimated by the Opposition in the state.
The report reveals large-scale corruption in the release of funds, maintenance of accounts and functioning of government departments.
The CAG took up the probe amid widespread allegations of a politician-bureaucrat-militant nexus, with tribal militants of the Jewel Gorlosa-led Dima Halim Daogah (DHD) group reported to be among the recipients of the public funds.
The DHD, seeking self-rule in the North Cachar hills district, is reported to have been behind most of the violence against government officials from 2007 till October 2009 when the outfit laid down its arms.
The yet-to-be published CAG report, a copy of which is with HT, scrutinised the autonomous council's records for three years from 2007-10 when the Congress government was in power.
The report also speaks of a mismatch between the resources and expenditure of the council. Expenditures exceeded the revenue collected by 284% and 896% in 2007-08 and 2008-09, respectively. The excess expenditures were made after funds were diverted from the health and agriculture departments.
The report says that from 2007-08 to 2009-10, the council received Rs273 crore more than the allocation in the budget, indicating complicity of both the council and state government.
"The CAG report is indicative of the fact that the scam in the hill district far exceeds the widely circulated figure of Rs1,000 crore in 10 years," said Prafulla Mahanta, leader of the Asom Gana Parishad.