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How serious is N.Biren Singh in fighting corruption?

by Rinku Khumukcham
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The N. Biren Singh 2.0 government has sent a strong message to eradicate all forms of corruption after the formation of the new government.
Such an announcement gives hope to thousands of ordinary people who had previously lost faith in the government.
If the state’s leader is dedicated to ridding the state of corruption, now is the best time to get started. A single initiative will undoubtedly persuade the people that Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is the true leader of the state, always concerned with the well-being of the oppressed common people.
As corruption incidences often happen among public officials, a meaningful step against corruption can be taken inside of public administrations.
The concept of good governance can thus be applied to improve administrations’ integrity, lowering the likelihood that officials will agree to engage in corrupt behaviour. Transparency is one aspect of good governance. Transparency initiatives can aid in the detection of corruption and the prosecution of corrupt officials and politicians.
Another aspect of good governance as a tool for combating corruption is the development of trust in state institutions.
A few days ago, the Imphal Times published a news item about the re-engagement of two retired mechanical engineers who are under CBI investigation for corruption as civil engineers at MOBEDs.
There has been no report of any action being taken in this regard.
Besides the decision of the state cabinet not to re-engage or extend service for those who are retired, the re-engagement of a retired engineer in the Engineering Cell of Manipur Minorities & OBC Economic Development Society (MOBEDS), in which the Chief Minister himself is the Chairman, means the Chief Minister is not serious about corruption.
We cannot put petrol in a diesel vehicle, and rehiring a mechanical engineer for civil engineering work is the biggest farce in the anti-corruption campaign.
If the chief minister wants to stop corruption, then he must start it from his own department.

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