Opposition flays budget
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 12: The opposition party has flayed the Rs 3,663 crore State budget till March, 2004 as anti-people and merely to enable Manipur Government overcome its debts.

The Chief Minister despite acknowledging, in yesterday's concluding session that most budget amount would be utilized for repaying the huge debt nevertheless expressed confidence that development related works would not be ignored and necessary funds churned out to implement welfare programmes.

During debates for passing Manipur Appropriation Bills, Dr Nimaichand Luwang contended that after deducting Rs 2958 crores for clearance of debts incurred from various sources, not much remains for diversion to development programmes.

Expressing doubts on sincerity of State Government, Dr Luwang stated that passing the appropriation Bill may further widen scope for misuse of funds to grease palms of some contractors.

Deploring failure to table MPSC report at the House, O Joy desired that training on Parliamentary process be provided by State Training Academy and strict compliance and implementation of Civil Service Conduct rules.