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Financial irregularity in revenue collection of parking fees by IMC reflected in RTI queries

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Imphal, Dec 8,

A total of Rs. 70,05,230/- which is supposed to be collected as revenue for the Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) seems to be misappropriated by authority of the IMC.

The misappropriation of the huge amount of public money come to notice after the IMC authority provided information regarding the revenue collected from the vehicle parking fee from 18 authorized agents. The information was provided as reply to information sought by one Khumanthem Dhanachandra Singh of Naoremthong through RTI Act.

As per the information total revenue collected from the 18 agents approved for vehicle parking fees for the year 2016, 2017, and till June 12 of 2018  is Rs. 19,21,700/-. As per the information provided by the Assistant Municipal Commissioner (Revenue) , a total of Rs. 15,800/ has been collected per day from the 18 authorised agents. However, the IMC could collect only for 180 days from all of the agent. In 2017 the IMC collected the revenue for 272 days and for the year 2018, from January till June 12 the revenue collection was for 113 days only. The information also stated that the total revenue collected in 2016-2017 is Rs. 8,90370/- and for 2017-2018 is Rs. 10,31,400/-. Total revenue comes at 19, 21,770/-.

As the IMC has stated that the total amount collected per day from all the 18 authorised agent is Rs. 15,800/- , the total amount that the IMC should have collected was Rs. 28,44,000/- . This is as per calculation from the information of the IMC authority as they had revealed that number of days collected in 2016 was 180 . So Rs. 15,800 x 180 days comes Rs. 28,44,000/-. Similarly the number of days that the IMC stated to have collected revenue from the parking agent was Rs. 272. Then the total amount that the IMC should have collected was Rs. 42,97,600/-. As for the current year 2018, total number of days that parking revenue collected was 113. That means the total amount collected from January to June 12 of 2018 should be Rs. 17,85,400/-. Thus the total revenue collected for the year 2016,2017 and till June 12 of 2018 should be Rs. 89,27,000/-.

But the IMC authority stated that the number of amount collected for the said year is Rs. 19,21,770/-.

As the number days that parking revenue were collected has been recorded and provided, how come such a large discrepancy. A total of Rs. 70,05,230/- has been misappropriated.

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.

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