State commerce and industry minister clarifies on resignation of MKVB official

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IMPHAL July 6: Minister of Commerce and Industries, Y Irabot in a press meet held at the Khadi Village and Industries Board, Lamphelpat today clarified that the charges alleged against him by the vice chairperson of the Board A Sharat are unfounded.

The minister stated that under the PMEGP programme, there is a project for hosting six hoardings. He said that the hoardings have not been erected as of yet and the contract is done by someone from his constituency.

Refuting the allegation of favoritism by the minister in providing contract works to RK Khogen who has been alleged as a relative of the minister, he said that the contractors Rk Khogen and Rk Gokulchandra are not related with him nor has he done any favor for them. The charges of favoritism as alleged by the vice chairman are baseless, the minister maintained.

He will also entertain the resignation tendered by Sarat also, he stated.

It may be mentioned that vice chairman of KVIB, A Sharat was appointed by the minister himself and sanctioned proportionate powers relating to controlling of employees on behalf of the chairman and to sanction expenditure for workings of the office and other financial matters.

Meanwhile Sharat had alleged that the minister was propagating corruption and trying to misappropriate public money as one RK Khogen had submitted a fraud bill in relation to the flagship program of the PMEGP. As per agreement six hoardings had to be displayed whereas only three were displayed, and Sarat had disapproved the bill and submitted a resignation letter.

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