Imphal, Jan 29
UNLF made a press release signed by M. Sak-hen, Director, Department of Publicity, saying that the Lamhei Maheikol scheme was not properly implemented and the ZEO and AI of Wangoi should pay up, further stating that they will punish corruption in educational institutions. The government had announced various schemes in the name of betterment of education system, but the ministers, MLAs, and officials used up all the money for their own benefits. The press release further added that they received a complain that the “Lamjing Maheikol” scheme introduced by SSA Manipur State Mission under the central sponsorship of MHRD was not properly implemented and the officials had used up all the money of the scheme allotted for Wangoi zone for 2017-18. On receiving the complain, they said, their special investigation team did the digging up and found the following:
1. SSA State Mission selected 90 schools from 17 different blocks for LM scheme, 2017-18. The sanction amount for each school was Rs. 2,15,300, but the issue emerged because of non allocation of the sanction amount and corruption.
2.For ZEO Wangoi Block, SSA State Mission selected 10 schools under the recommendation of the ZEO of Wangoi, namely: i) Chajing Mairenkhong UPS ii) Haoreibi Jr. HS iii) Phoubakchao HS iv) Shamusang Shantipur UPS v) Yumnam Huidrom HS vi) Langthabal Phuramakhong UPS vii) Sekmaijin HS viii) Khagemba Jr. HS ix) Malon Megha HS x) Irom Meijrao New PS. The total amount sanction for these 10 schools was Rs, 21,53,000.
3.As the implementation agency of Wangoi Zone, ZEO formed a committee with him as the nodal officer and chairman, and the responsibility for the scheme was handed to Ojah Brojen.
4.When investigated, the expenditure statement submitted by Wangoi ZEO did not match with the statements of the school Head. The activities and expenditure were not consistent.
5.There was no transparency in the whole process.
6.AI Brojen had only verbally communicated without any documents, keeping the school authority in the dark.
7.After admitting that there were mishandling in the expenditure statement furnished by AI Brojen, a new statement was submitted, but it also had a lot of wrongdoings. For example –
a)It added that out of the Rs 21,53,000 sanctioned for 10 schools, Rs. 5,38,000 was assigned to Ojah Ranbir for supervising the implementation of the scheme.
b)An expenditure statement for allocation of Rs. 50,000 to MLA Lukhoi for ground leveling of Yumnam Huidrom HS.
c)Another expenditure statement of extra expenses on the “Go To Village” program from the sanction money of this scheme.
d)Allocation of Rs. 100,00 for regular meetings that never happened.
The press release said that if ZEO Hemchandra and AI Brojen did not pay up the amount in the given time, they should be responsible for the further consequences.