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Swindling of Public Money: Mr. CM act like PM Modi

Recently, anti corruption agencies of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government had pulled up former Finance Minister P. Chandambaram on alleged charged in INX Media scam. The case is related to an incident happened around 2007, about 7 years before Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government replaced the Congress led regime.
People of the North Eastern region of India and those in the South may have differences with the ideology of the BJP over its virtue of patriotism rather that making the country a diverse nation, but the spirit of the leadership of the BJP over their commitment and actions against all perpetrators of corruption make the people left with no choice but to give their mandate to the BJP. What impressed the people amidst the souring experiences of some BJP elected representatives is the fulfillment of the promised that the leadership made during their election campaign. Prime Minister not only made promises but converted those promises into action soon after he holds the office. Whether the crime is committed 10 years ago or 15 years ago, the Modi led government left no stone unturned and initiated legal action to whoever is involved in the swindling of public properties.
It was the political sincerity of the Narendra Modi and his team that the state of Manipur opt the BJP as alternative government to root out corruption. 2016, during state legislatures’ election, people from across that state put up 21 BJP MLAs out 60 Assembly seat. Congress who had ruled and built a dynasty got 28 , but failed to form the government as people were fed up and urged some of the none congress and none BJP MLAs who got elected were pressured to support the BJP government by their voters.
Why many politically sensitive Manipuri people wanted BJP government at that time was the series of daylight robbery at the nose of the common people committed by the near and dear one of the then Chief Minister of that time. After witnessing the series of action by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against culprits involved in criminal activities, the Manipuri people do hope that the BJP led government headed by the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh will do the same as Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he had time and again stated that the nation will only be saved in the hand of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
But not everything that has been expected from the Chief Minister is fulfilled. Serious crime of corruptions committed by influential political personalities or the bureaucrats in connivance with the near and dear one of the then ruling class have been let free till today even though he has been in the power for over 2 and half years as Chief Minister.
Soon after N. Biren Singh assumed the charge of Chief Minister, his government faced serious crisis of natural disaster. 5 times flash flood in the valley region and now draught like situation. During press conference it was often stated that the natural disaster like flash flood was due to the mass deforestation that has been taken place in the catchment area of major rivers of the state. That was accepted and has been a matter that the world knows and India government knowing that such would happen in the future had also taken up many measures to prevent such natural disaster.
In 2011 the concerned central government department had sanction a huge amount of 11 crore rupees for mass plantation of trees at river catchment areas of Senapati district to the Horticulture and Soil Conservation department of the government of Manipur. The matter was reported in this newspaper and on further investigation it was found that even after the release of the huge fund for plantations at River catchment area no plantation was seen taken place. Table works might have completed the plantation but the reality was that villagers had never witness any such plantations at any of the river catchment area. The kind of swindling money by the govt. department authority had not only looted public money but also ruined the people of the state. During a press conference, when this matter was put up by Imphal Times journalist, the Chief Minister said that his government cannot look into each and every crime committed during the last government – a contradiction to the ideology of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As for Modi he left no one, no matter the person hold top position in the last government.
On April 18, 2017, this newspaper reported about the irregularities to the construction of the Water Transmission System of raw water from Maphou Dam to Chingkheiching in Imphal East. The project began during the time of Congress regime and the total cost of the project was Rs. 289.64 crore.
The irregularities were reached to the notice of the government and some Engineers and Section Officers were transferred. No enquiry was conducted no persons or officials of the PHED now Water resource department were punished. The irregularities to the construction of the raw water pipeline is a serious crime to humanity as it may create artificial flood at various parts of  Imphal East district with potential to destroyed thousands hectors of paddy field.
Now, Imphal Times again report about the possible swindling of public money sanctioned under the Rashtrruya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) in the name of providing treatment to poor workers by some private hospitals. Beneficiary patients (RSBY card holders) while talking to Imphal Times narrated that they never had any idea of the kind of treatment recorded to the Hospital and they never had any knowledge of how much money have been deducted from their card for the treatment. There sense discrepancies to the implementation of the RSBY and if this has not been checked, people will be skeptical to the Prime Minister ambitious PMJAY and Chief Minister’s CMHT scheme.
People expect Chief Minister N. Biren Singh to act like Prime Minister Narendra Modi when it comes about tackling the Corruption crimes.

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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