CM challenges Opp to prove charges of financial mismanagement
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 09: Reacting to the charges of the Opposition that the Secular Progressive Front has totally failed to adhere to financial discipline during the discussion on the Budget Estimate today, Chief Minister O Ibobi said that if the Opposition is able to prove any instances of financial mismanagement then he would resign not only as the Chief Minister but would also step down as an MLA.

The Chief Minister further said that the SPF Government is committed to bettering the financial condition of the State adding that it is keeping a close tab on all the resources of the State.

All Government Departments will be made to clear their outstanding power tariff, said the Chief Minister.

He added that in the case of defaulting departments their CDA, fund and even the salaries of their employees will not be released.

On the Budget Estimate the Chief Minister said it is a tentative Budget.

The Budget size of the State is yet to be worked out due to the instructions from the Planning Commission, continued O Ibobi.

He added that the plan size will be fixed during the revised estimate.

On the charges mounted by DPA Legislature wing leader M Nilachandra that IRB jawans who were involved in the killing of NSCN (IM) cadres at Chande have been suspended, the Chief Minister said no IRB men involved in the incident have been suspended.

He also clarified that no awards have been given to the IRB jawans.

On the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Centre recently, the Chief Minister said that the State Government was not coerced into signing the MoU and added that the sick corporations which face closure will be closed only after the Centre gives the required retirement benefits to all the employees.

The MoU was signed to better the financial condition of the State, he added.

The Chief Minister further said that there is no question of terminating the services of about 14000 employees and explained that the stand of the Government is just that these posts will not be filled up through fresh recruitment once the present incumbents retire from service.

MU nod to GCT:
Education (U) Minister Y Erabot today informed the House that Manipur University has given the green signal to the Government College of Technology to go ahead with the 5th and 6th semester.

Responding to the observation of MLA L Ibomcha that the GCT is not able to absorb new students and uncertainty still clouds the 5th semester, the Education Minister put it on record that the Engineering College here is yet to receive recognition from the All India Council of Technical Education.

He however maintained that the recognition is yet to be obtained as the College has to still fulfill certain conditions.

He exuded confidence that the recognition may come soon once the shortcomings are looked into.

The Minister further said that the Cabinet has agreed to appoint regular teachers to the college.

Sportspersons inducted to Police Department:
MoS for Sports and Youth Affairs, A Aza informed the House 8 sports-persons who won medals at the National Games have been inducted to the State Police Department.

A Aza said this in response to a question raised by MPP president O Joy.

IFCD projects:
Replying to a question raised by MPP MLA O Joy, IFCD Minister N Mangi said that the his department has already finished a number surveys and investigation to start new projects related to irrigation and flood control measures.

The Minister further said that the new projects on the anvil totals 17.Of these 15 will come under the State Plan while the other 2 are under the North Eastern Council.

N Mangi added that there has been a delay in taking up the projects due to poor fiscal health of the State.