No development in Manipur under Ibobi govt: Dissidents

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Imphal, Nov 11 (UNI) The rebel Congress MLAs of Manipur, presently at New Delhi, have alleged that Manipur Chief Minister O.Ibobi Singh had failed to bring about development in the state.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister today inspected the development works taken up in the state, especially Imphal.

Spokesperson of the rebel MLAs Y Surchandra Singh said the UPA government at the Centre, under the leadership of Congress Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, had introduced various missions for the country's development.

Special emphasis was given to the development of the North Eastern States, he said, adding that many development projects, particularly for Manipur, had been sanctioned.

''All other states of the NE, except Manipur, are seeing all-round development. However, there is no visible impact in Manipur,'' Mr Surchandra added.

He alleged that the Rural Health Mission, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, missions for Urban Development, including the JNNURM and various programmes for Rural Development in the state, had become either a total failure or a non-starter because of mishandling and misrule by the O Ibobi Singh-led government.

''There is no sign of rule of law in the whole state, including the remote hills and the capital city,'' he said.

The Prime Minister, during his Manipur visit in 2004, sanctioned an economic package of Rs 2,777.86 crore for various major projects, including the Jiribam-Tupul Railway line (Rs 727 crore), Capital Project (Rs 317.54 crore) and Loktak Downstream Hydro-Electric Project (Rs 659.36 crore) for the state's development.

The much-awaited and ambitious Capital Project, for which the foundation stone was laid by the Prime Minister in 2004 for construction of Assembly Secretariat, Civil Secretariat, City Convention Hall and High Court, remained a total non-starter, he alleged.

''The ambitious Bir Tikendrajit Flyover has been under construction for over five years and is yet to be completed. The construction of three major markets at Imphal is yet to take off despite the fact that they were sanctioned three years back. The portion of NH-39, the life line of the state, is in such a pathetic condition despite huge amount of money being pumped into it. The road, which is barely 90 kms from Mao to Imphal, takes over five hours to travel,'' he said.

''Under the existing circumstances, a close watch by the Centre and if necessary, direct monitoring is called for the welfare of the people,'' Mr Surchandra said.

UNI

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