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Retire employees under Lokayuka scanner for multi-crore scam re-engaged in top posts at MSPDCL & MSPCL by Manipur Govt.

by Rinku Khumukcham
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Imphal, June 5:

Amidst high voltage tension in the state of Manipur due to the ongoing crisis erupted since May 3, the Government of Manipur today re-engaged NG. Subhachandra Singh and Hijam Santikumar Singh, the two main accused of the infamous multi Crore Saubhagya Scheme, as Managing Directors of Manipur State Power Company Limited (MSPCL) and Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited (MSPDCL). An order has been issued in the connection by Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms, Government of Manipur on July 4, 2023.
Both NG. Subhachandra Singh and Hijam Santikumar Singh were retired from Government Service upon attaining the age of Superannuation with effect from 28/2/2022 and 31/12/2022 respectively.
Imphal Times had highlighted the alleged irregularities in implementing Prime Minister Modi’s ambitious scheme SAUBHAGYA and the alleged misappropriation of funds by the MSPDCL using sources from various authorities and finally by seeking information under the Right to Information Act,2005. In the continuous probe regarding the misuse of funds, Imphal Times’ special investigation has unmasked large-scale irregularities, manipulation, and misappropriation of the fund while implementing the Center’s flagship program, “Saubhagya” to the tune of over Rs 200 crores in Manipur.
The Manipur Lokayukta in its order dated 24 November 2022, states, “the complainant also stated that officials, mentioned in the complaint case, of Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited in collusion with the contracting firm did not implement the SAUBHAGYA scheme in true spirit as envisaged in the guidelines of the said scheme rather they have misappropriated crores of rupees of public money released by the Government of India for the welfare of the needy/poor people for their personal benefits and the poor entitled household of the scheme are not getting the benefit of the scheme. This is a great mischief by the officials of MSPDCL to the people of Manipur. It is also mentioned in the complaint that the Saubhya scheme was closed at Rs. 192.70 crores much below the total work order amount of Rs. 203,86,62,219/-. Therefore, it is clear that the full benefit of the said scheme does not reach the beneficiaries and the officials had become richer”.
It further adds, “For the foregoing reasons, we are of the considered view that there is a prima facie material for holding a preliminary inquiry as contemplated under section 20(1) of the Manipur Lokayukta Act, 2014. Accordingly, we direct the Inquiry Wing, Manipur Lokayukta to conduct a Preliminary Inquiry in light of the above observations and the preliminary inquiry report may be submitted within the period prescribed under the Manipur Lokayukta Act, 2014.”
There are various cases of Lokayukta recommending government to suspend Public Servant connected with allegation of corruption while making preliminary enquiry. But in our state our government is re engaging those public servants who are under inquiry for corruption cases.

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