In a setback to the Pawan Kumar Chamling-led SDF government in Sikkim, the Centre has nominated six local Congress leaders to a monitoring committee to keep a tab on the implementation of the rural development projects in the state.
In a letter sent to the state government recently, the Union Rural Development Ministry has intimated the Rural Management and Development Department (RMDD) about the nomination of Congress leaders K N Lepcha, K N Upreti, Youva Raj Rai, Topden Lepcha, Anil Lachenpa and Acharya Tshering Lama on the state-level vigilance and monitoring committee.
The state government has been further directed to convene a quarterly meeting of the Vigilance and Monitoring Committee to review various rural development projects and other activities and send a report to the Centre on a regular basis.
All the empanelled Congress leaders have been Chamling baiters over the years with Lepcha being the main crusader behind the litigation filed in the Supreme Court alleging serious corruption charges against the chief minister which incidentally was quashed by the apex court recently.
The state unit Congress leadership has been crying hoarse over corruption in governance in Sikkim and had even flayed the Centre for ignoring the matter by its failure to regularly monitor the implementation of the development projects and welfare schemes being funded by it.