MLA Syamkumar charges RD & PR minister of corruption, demands resignation

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IMPHAL, November 8: Th Shyamkumar, MLA of Andro Assembly constituency, who is also the president of AITC, Manipur unit has demanded resignation of Francis Ngajokpa, minister of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj and Economics & Statistics, government of Manipur on corruption charges.

Addressing media persons at his quarter today, Shyamkumar alleged that there have been huge irregularities in allocation of contract works under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana in the State.

Shyamkumar claimed that the irregularities reduce road connectivity in the State in the worst condition. The contractors’ bills for the already completed 9th phase of PMGSY are still pending, but some contractors have already got their bills by paying bribes to the minister concerned, he alleged.

He also claimed that the authority concerned are turning a blind eye to the contractors who had submitted forged documents regarding their profiles and balance sheets, in connection with the PMGSY works in the previous phases of VI, VII and VIII.

Further he alleged that because of irregularities in the 9th phase of work, around Rs 82 crore had to be returned to the Centre. He appealed to the government of Manipur to look into the corrupt practices, so that the 10th phase can be rolled out in a proper manner.

Shyamkumar said he is ready for an open public debate on the issue of irregularities in PMGSY works.

At the same time, the MLA said he will request the Union Minister of RD & PR government of India to take a field visit, particularly where the works of previous phases such as VI, VII, VIII and IX have been completed to ascertain the facts.

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