Imphal, Sept 7
After Imphal Times exposed how the MPLADS of the Rajya Sabha MP K. Bhavananda have been misappropriated, a team of this newspaper investigated on how the former MP of Lok Sabha Dr. Meinya had utilized his MPLADS found that, the then Lok Sabha MP too have misappropriated public money by either mis-utilizing or misappropriating it.
The document with the Imphal Times procured through RTI revealed that a gate for Matai Garden at Luwangsangbam was also constructed under the MPLADS of the then MP Dr. Meinya and interestingly, Matai Garden happens to be a private land owned by one Khoirom Mohendra of Matai Mayai Leikai in Imphal West district.
There are certain guidelines for utilization of MP Local Area Development Fund and generally all guidelines says that the fund should be utilized for public welfare programme and that it cannot be utilized for one individual for his work.
Now that Dr. Meinya did not contest in the 17th Lok Sabha Election and Dr. RK Ranjan has replaced him in the Lok Sabha.
But then, construction works taken up under his local area development fund which was reported completed in the year 2016-17 still is under construction. Yes, it is about Bijoygovinda Leirak Gate at Sagolband Assembly constituency in Imphal West. The cost for construction of the gate as revealed by document is Rs. 10,00,000/- (Rupees Ten Lakhs) and the amount was sanctioned on April 4, 2017. The official document stated that the construction has been completed.
When team Imphal Times visited the site where the gate at the cost of Rs. 10 lakhs is stated to have been completed at Bijoygovinda, it was unfortunate to notice an incomplete gate being constructed at Bijoygovinda Leirak near Thangapat Mapal. If that was not the one that that was stated in the document than there was no gate constructed at the cost of Rs. 10 lakhs at Bijoygovinda.
During Dr. Meinya’s tenure as MP from 2014 to 2019 as many as 268 various works were reported complete.
In 2018-2019 a community center at Khumbong Awang Mamang was recommended for construction under the MPLADS at the cost of Rs. 44,00,000/- (44 Lakhs). The amount for the construction was released on September 9, 2018. As per the document the construction work is stated complete.
In the same year the MP sanctioned an amount of Rs. 3,00,000/- (3 lakhs) to a civil group for plantation of flower and the amount was released on the same day. When Imphal Times contacted the said Civil body it has been confirmed that the then MP Dr. Meinya donated a sum of Rs. 1,50,000/- (1 lakh 50 fifty thousand) for construction wooden box for flower plantation and not Rs. 3 lakh.
Well, Dr. Meinya is no more the MP but somewhere he had misutilised or misappropriated a lot of public money at his own capacity.
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