Biren orders enquiry in works and power departments, imposes ban on issue of expenditure sanction and passing of bills

Pothashang News Serviced: Imphal, June 13, 2019: Manipur chief minister Biren Singh has on Thursday ordered enquiry in Public Works and power departments following withdrawal of “huge” funds during the March to May while the Model Code of Conduct was in force.

A committee has been set up for the enquiry. It will also examine if large amount of cash were withdrawn by other departments. The committee comprised of principal secretary V. Vumlunmang as chairman, commissioner cum secretary Nidhi Kesarwani and deputy secretary W. Ajit Singh as Members.

All administrative secretaries and head of department shall provide the required documents and information called by the said committee on time, said a notification signed by Nidhi who is OSD to the chief minister.

Finance department on Wednesday imposed ban on the issue of expenditure sanction and passing of bills.

An office memorandum of the department signed by principal secretary (finance) V. Vumlunmang stated that in view of the current financial position of the state government, it is hereby instructed that no further expenditure sanctions shall be accorded by departments and finance department shall not process proposals for concurrence to expenditure sanction, encashment permission, CDA allocation, and withdrawals from MH 8443, 8449 and other public accounts deposit until further orders.

All treasuries are instructed not to accept/pass any bill(s) pending with them until further orders, it added.

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