How serious is N. Biren Singh Government in dealing corruption?

Written By: / Editorial / Thursday, 04 November 2021 17:14

During the last 2 years, when novel coronavirus invaded and haunted the population of the entire world normalcy in almost all nations - developed, underdeveloped and developing countries. Not only did the common citizen face the (issue) but the functioning of almost all offices run by the government was partially put to hold.
With the improvement, following the curving of the Covid-19 pandemic, law court has started functioning. Law enforcers who were acting as Covid warriors too have gotten time to deal with other cases - to be précise almost all offices of the government including the banks have resumed normal functioning by maintaining Covid behavior. There is no doubt that the people of the state are not totally free and secure from the attack of the Covid-19 with the positivity rate still floating at 3.5%. Perhaps this is the reason for the state education department to consider on whether to the schools below class-xii should be open or not.
The last four and half years, since the coming of the BJP led Government headed by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, people have been hearing N. Biren Singh assuring to curb the corruption time and again.
Perhaps, he is the first Chief Minister to open the Anti-Corruption Cell as soon as he assumes the post of Chief Minister. With criticism pouring from social activist and anti-corruption activists about the inability of the anti-corruption cell to punish high profile government officials, the anti-corruption cell was merged with the vigilance dept. and upgraded to State vigilance commission headed by not less than a Superintendent of Police.
The intention of opening this office to a full-fledged office was to fight corruption and award those corrupt individual if found guilty of corruption as per the law of the land.
Source said many corruption related cases has been taken up since its commissioning, however , may be due to lack of official communication, there are no report of any individuals – either from among the government employees or any other individuals, whoever were found involved being punished by the state vigilance commission as per the provision provided in the anti-corruption act.
One instances that Imphal Times would like to highlight here in support of the above reality is that of the case at which, the then Chairperson of the Manipur Building and Construction Workers Welfare Board. During his tenure, official record available with this newspaper revealed that a total of RS. 33 Crore have been sanction by him to 12 NGOs for taking up skill development programme. Among the NGOs is an NGO called Rural Social Service Society, having its head office at Khongman Zone-II, Imphal East. Interestingly the chief functionary of this NGO was also S. Preshyojit, the same person who is holding the post of Chairperson of MBOCWWB.
The report was published in Imphal Times on July 25, 2020. Source with the Imphal Times said that a Vigilance case has been taken up in the form of suo moto. The source while talking to the Imphal Times had also stated that the Commission had completed investigation as well as framing of charge sheet.
To the surprise, for reason best known to the Vigilance Commission, no action is seen initiated against the former Chairperson Manipur Building and Construction Workers Welfare Board.
The Vigilance Commission is under the Home Department where the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is in-charge.
Only the Chief Minister knows the reason for letting free a person who is involved in the irregularity and misusing public fund.

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Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 25+ 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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