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YAS clarifies on allegations of misappropriating funds

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Directorate of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of Manipur has clarified the various allegations to the department by a news report appeared at Sangai Express on Dec 6, 2014. It said that the department has proposed a sum of rupees 75 crore from the 13 FC for upgrading the Main Stadium, Hockey Stadium, Renovation of Cycle velodrome, upgrading aquatic complex upgrading the Main Indoor Hall, improvement of Kangshang, Internal roads, special repair of wall, electrification, and pavilion for the practice fields and another Rs. 25.00 core for a Corpus Fund for maintenance of KLSC was proposed. However the proposal for Corpus Fund or in its place Stipend/scholarship to outstanding sportspersons have been rejected. Even proposal for procurement of sport equipments from the 13 FC award have also been rejected. On the upgradation of the stadium capacity and installation of the floodlight YAS Director Ashok Kumar said that both the item were dropped in the revised DPR as these are considered cost ineffective as the state is facing acute shortage of power and no match has reached 20,000 audience. 
The statement said that the work for renovation and up gradation of Hockey stadium is still under progress. The synthetic surface has been replaced and some minor damage which occurred during transportation has been rectified by fixing with small pieces of synthetic surface at two places and these rectification do not impact the use of the surface. There are additional rolls of new synthetic surface kept for any eventualities to rectify any shortcoming. The surface will be inspected by a team of experts after 100 hours of play and suggestion, if any, will be carried out. With regards to iron goal post, this has been fixed for practice purpose and the fiber goal post are yet to arrive and once it reaches it will be fixed immediately.
The proposal submitted for 13 FC grant and in the revised DPR, only special repair of the compound wall was included and there is no provision for construction of a new compound wall after dismantling the existing one.
The selection of the PIA for 13 FC works w.r.t upgradation of Khuman Lampak Sport Complex was taken in January, 2011. The State PWD was on 28. 10.2010 requested to indicate its willingness to prepare the DPR and execute the words. However, there was no response. Therefore Power Department in respect of the floodlighting of the two stadia and the remaining works to MDS was given.
Regarding the government sports policy, Director YAS said that it is providing support to the sport association and sport persons.

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