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Malicious attempt to ruin MCPCR exposed: Chairperson lied; violated service rule reformed by Prime Minister Modi; Says state government salaries are received in lump sum amount

Written By: / Monday, 13 July 2020 16:43

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Imphal, July 13:

mcpcr scandal exposedA malicious attempt to ruin the functioning of the Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR) has finally come to the public domain with not only more irregularities in Financial management being traced but also by appointing a consultant in complete violation of rule 4 (1) of the Central Civil Service (Conduct) Rule, reformed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in July 2016.

The BJP led coalition Government of Manipur under Chief Minister N. Biren Singh either is ignorant or is intentionally taking no action to MCPCR Chairperson Sumatibala Ningthoujam for not only disregarding but also violating the service rule reformed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In a rejoinder, sent to Imphal Times, in connection with a news published regarding the payment of vehicles hiring charges for the commission, the MCPCR Chairperson Sumatibala lied saying that the total amount paid for hiring of the two four-wheeler vehicles for eighteen months is Rs. 7,20,000/-. This is a blatant lie by a chairperson who has been appointed to do welfare for the children of the society, as Imphal Times have a bank statement details regarding the payment for the hiring of those vehicles, which has been officially issued by member secretary Lalrobul Fimate. This newspaper has the cheque details and date of the transaction of Rs. 9,10,000/- which has been reportedly paid to Ibomcha Ningthoujam, the husband of the Chairperson Sumatibala, whom she appointed as a consultant in violation of the Prime Minister’s reformed service rule. 

In addition to this, a total sum of Rs. 6,07,000/- has also been handed over to Ibomcha Ningthoujam in the form of six different cheques after he no longer relates with the MCPCR. The reason for handing over the cheques has been given to him for the shortage of staff and runners. Details on this matter will be revealed soon.  

What is more interesting is that the Chairperson seems to have no idea of how salaries are paid to the government employees. In the rejoinder in connection with the news item published in this newspaper dated July 11, 2020, the Chairperson wrote, “It is a well-known fact that the state government salaries are received in lump sum amount every 3-5 months”.

If what the Chairperson had stated is right, then naturally people wanted to know if the N. Biren Singh government has an agenda of tarnishing the image of MCPCR as well as his government. N. Biren Singh’s government should clarify whether the salary of government employees is paid in a lump sum amount or not.

The Chairperson of the MCPCR also stated that her husband Ibomcha Ningthoujam has been appointed as the consultant under section 20(7) of the MCPCR Rule 2011 for a period of three months (April 26, 2018 to July 25, 2018). As per record, Ibomcha Ningthoujam is the husband of the Chairperson Sumatibala Ningthoujam. She appointed her husband as a consultant using her position in the office without giving regards or by violating the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reform to the CCS(Conduct) Rule 1964, in July 2016 to check nepotism and corruption.  What is more interesting is that, two order had been issued by Chairperson for appointment of Ibomcha Ningthoujam as Consultant. In one order Ibomcha was appointed for 3 months (from 26/04/2018 to 25/07/2018). However, at another order issued on the same day (April 26, 2018), Ibomcha has been appointed as consultant for six months (from 26/04/2018 to 25/10/2018).

An office memorandum issued by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Personnel and Training dated July 20, 2016, it is stated that as per Rule 4(3) of the CCS(Conduct) Rules - “No government servant shall in the discharge of his official duties deal with any matter or give or sanction any contract to any company or firm or any other person if any member of his family is employed in that company or firm or under that person or if he or any member of his family is interested in such matter or contract in any other manner and the government servant shall refer every such matter or contract to his official superior and the matter or contract shall thereafter be disposed of according to the instructions of the authority to whom the reference is made.”

One more interesting part of the rejoinder is that the Chairperson could not hire vehicles as various car rental agents could not be paid their hiring charge in time as the Government release a lump sum amount. Her rejoinder also stated that it was the Social Welfare Department that advised her to find somebody to provide the vehicle which she did it from her husband. As per official records available, the MCPCR had never published any advertisement for the hiring of vehicles for official use.

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Rinku Khumukcham

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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