Monday, February 6, 2023

PMGSY scam in Manipur: four engineers suspended


Manipur rural development and panchayati raj (RD&PR) minister Y Khemchand on Tuesday took a jibe at MPCC president and sitting MLA K Meghachandra for disclosing statements in the Public Account Committee (PAC) of the Manipur Legislative Assembly on social media of the Congress party.
While making a statement on the allegations over the misappropriation of funds meant for development of rural roads under the Central sponsored PMGSY, the minister claimed that the MPCC president made the allegations based on the statements on the utilization of PMGSY funds in the custody of the PAC.
The MPCC president had hurled a series of allegations of misappropriation of PMGSY funds being implemented in the state with Rural Engineering Department (RED) under RD and PR department as the implementing agency.
In September, Meghachandra alleged that over Rs 300 crore PMGSY funds had been withdrawn without executing the works. He again claimed of another scam of Rs 1,700 crore in October and Rs 78 crore in November last.
The minister informed the media that he has been conducting spot inspection of the roads constructed or developed under the PMGSY and so far four engineers of RED have been suspended from their services for committing mistakes in their works.
He further informed that FIR cases have also been lodged against two contractors for irregularities in ground implementation of works under the scheme.
Further, his department has written a letter to the state department of personnel (DP) to take up appropriate action against a retired engineer who was allegedly found committing irregularities in the implementation of the scheme.
The minister claimed that phase-2 of the PMGSY was implemented smoothly in the state and asserted that more than 300 packages were being implemented at a speedy progress to achieve the stipulated targets.
The opposition also presented confusing data to malign the image of the BJP-led government in the state. “It is indeed very unfortunate,” he added.
Phase 2 of the PMGSY is running very smoothly, he claimed.

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