Labour Minister’s brother-in-law Sanglakpam Preshyojit sanctions over Rs. 13 Crore for Skill Development Training Programme, when he was the Chairman of MBOCWWB to his own NGO

Labour Minister’s brother-in-law Sanglakpam Preshyojit sanctions over Rs. 13 Crore for Skill Development Training Programme, when he was the Chairman of MBOCWWB to his own NGO

Labour Minister’s brother-in-law Sanglakpam Preshyojit sanctions over Rs. 13 Crore for Skill Development Training Programme, when he was the Chairman of MBOCWWB to his own NGO

Written By: / Saturday, 25 July 2020 16:56

No annual report, no audited statement made to public for utilization of over Rs. 33 crores sanctioned to 12 NGOs in 2017-18 for taking up skill development programme under Manipur Building and Other Construction Worker’s Welfare Board (MBOCWWB) of the State Labour Department Manipur

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Imphal, July 25:

At what could be termed as misuse of government office, the then chairperson of the Manipur Building and Other Construction Worker’s Welfare Board (MBOCWWB), Sanglakpam Preshyojit Sharma had sanctioned an amount of Rs. 13,18,16,800/- for taking up a skill development training programme on one NGO called Rural Social Service Society, which he works as the Chief functionary.

Rural Social Service Society is an NGO having its office at Khongman Zone –II, Imphal East District, Manipur. According to government records, S Preshyojit is the Chief Functionary as well as the Secretary of the NGO. One S. Sarat Singh is the Chairman of the NGO. 

Whether a chairperson appointed by the government can sanction money to an NGO, which he is working as a Chief Functionary is void or not is a matter yet to be decided by legal experts, but ethically it amounts to gross misuse of the office meant for taking up of welfare programme for people of the state.

No person have raised the issue even after knowing it as the then Chairperson happened to be the brother-in-law of Labour Minister Th. Radheshyam. Sanglakpam Preshyojit Sharma, the brother-in-law of Labour Minister Th. Radheshyam was appointed as the Chairperson of the MBOCWWB, State Labour department on May 24, 2017.

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh promises to root out corruption and misutilisation of public money turns as a mere joke to the common people as rampant misuse of power in government office by politically appointed persons at various statutory body particularly the in the  MBOCWWB of the State Labour department has been let free and never check.

Imphal Times further found that during the tenure of the brother-in-law, Labour Minister Th. Radheshyam, as the Chairperson of the MBOCWWB sanctioned a total of Rs. 33,93,12,090/- to 12 NGOs including the one he headed in 2017-18 for imparting skill Development Training Programme. As per guidelines the training programme are supposed to be imparted to registered labourers and their family.

Of the 12 NGOs , source said that amount sanctioned to 5 more NGOs  were – Rs. 7,84,00000/- to Virgo Enterprises, Rs. 3,10,00000/- to BR CUBE Enterprises, Rs. 24634490/- to Thokchom Enterprises, Rs. 1,88,40000/- to Khongman Wool Knitting Embroidery and Sericulture Development Association and Rs. 1,12,80000/- to Lingjel Social Service Society. The source added that these five NGOs that the Chairperson Preshyojit sanctioned the huge amount for Skill Development Works are either directly or indirectly related to him as one among the functionaries of the said NGOs are his relatives.

On further investigation by the Imphal Times, the MBOCWWB officials as well as those in the Labour department refused to provide beneficiaries of the Skill Development programme taken up by the 12 NGOs.

Also Read : Irregularities at State Labour department: Either the former Chairman of MBOCWWB misinform SPIO or intentionally mocks RTI Act

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