Imphal, Oct 29:
Secretary General Kangleipak Kanba Lup (KKL) Manipur, Ngamkheingakpa Luwang has alleged intimidation by the Sports Minister Govindas Konthoujam for exposing controversies relation to the implementation of Khello India Programme in Manipur.
A statement by KKL said that the Secretary general Ngamkheingakpa Luwang was threaten by Govindas Konthoujam, the Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Manipur through telephonic conversation on October 24, 2022 2022 over the recent exposures by the KKL over the non-functioning and controversies relating to the Khello India Program in Manipur.
The statement said that instead of answering to the questions raised by the KKL the YAS Minister rebuked the Secretary General KKL and justified the action of selection of two coaches of the Khello India programme.
“The first pertained to the selection of one S Suresh Singh who had just participated in an Invitational level Boxing tourney by passing Ms Tongbram Premi Devi of Phubala who had participated in two National Boxing Tournaments and had also obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching for Boxing from Singhania University in Rajasthan and also recognized by the University Grants Commission. To this the Minister had replied that he had selected him because he knows him personally making the selection committee a joke. It was also pointed out earlier that the said Suresh Singh had not earlier appeared for the interview on the scheduled date of June 12, 2022 but without issuing a new notification he was invited for an interview the next day. Our contention was that the second interview was an illegal one held with mala fide intention”, the KKL statement said.
It added, “The second question pertained to the selection of the Rowing Coach for Bishnupur District. It is being reiterated here once again that the person selected as the Rowing Coach was a person qualified in Canoeing and Kayaking and not Rowing. It is akin to appointing a Football Player as a Hockey Coach. This question has also not been answered till date. To this the Minister who had earlier stated that he had earlier selected the Boxing Coach by himself feigned ignorance on the matter”.
The KKL also alleged that YAS Director is responsible for the non implementation of the scheme for Centre of Excellence under the Khello India Programme in Manipur till date. The Notification to this effect was issued by the Regional Director of Khello India Rajinder Singh as early as the 18th of June 2020 for eight States including Arunanchal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Telegana and Manipur. While Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland have already started implementing this programme, it is yet to be initiated in Manipur. This programme would have ensured a flow of Rs.1.25 Crores for the first year this has not been utilized for.
The KKL appealed Chief Minister N.Biren Singh to intervene in the matter and save the future of Sports in Manipur by replacing the present Director of YAS, Manipur and calling for a fresh selection of the Coaches for Khello India.