Dissidents continue to blame Ibobi for misgovernance

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Imphal, Nov 13 (UNI) The dissident Congress MLAs alleged that corruption in Manipur has reached its zenith in all administrative sectors under the Ibobi Singh government.

The sectors affected by ''misgovernance'' included appointment, promotions, award of contract and supply works, transfers and postings of employees, Y Surchandra, MLA spokesperson of the dissident MLAs today stated.

''Discrimination, nepotism, partiality and favouritism are well known under the chief minister's rule, who is popularly called the Ten Percent Ibobi,'' he charged.

Incidentally, the Chief Minister is in-charge of more than ten portfolios, including key departments like Home, Finance, MAHUD, Planning, Art and Culture, General Administration Department among others. He is also the Chairman of the Rural Health Mission and Loktak Development Authority for which Planning Commission has approved about Rs 400 crore. In the whole country, perhaps, he is the one, who holds maximum number of portfolios.

It was charged that tunds are misutilised or siphoned off. Funds meant for particular programme is often diverted at the Chief Minister's free-will causing delays in submission of Utilisation Certificate to the Centre, which led to a delay, and even the cancellation of projects by the Centre.

Most of the contract works had been taken by his near and dear ones in the name of some others.

In the appointment of the fifth and sixth Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB), about 80 per cent of Thoubal District's (which has 10 Assembly Constituencies) were from his and his wife's constituencies, namely Thoubal Assembly Constituency and Khangabok Assembly Constituency. Under his regime during the last five and half years, more than 1000 fake appointments are made at different departments.

''His silence simply indicates his involvement and weakness.

Recently under Rural Health Mission, about 40 Nurses were appointed for Thoubal District,'' they alleged.

Of this about 19 are from his constituency and seven from his wife's constituency, representing more than 50 per cent. In the DPC for selection of Nurses, it is reported that no subject expert was there as member. About 70,000 Anganwadi Workers and Helpers were appointed in September/October this year without having a D.P.C.

completely and ignoring merit.

For appointment of Supervisors in the Social Welfare Department recently, it was exempted from the purview of the Manipur Public Service Commission simply to pave the way for favouritism and manipulation, they further claiimed.

''Under these circumstances, what will be the future of people of Manipur particularly the youths,'' Surchandra demanded.

UNI

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