WILL NOT SUCCUMB TO ALLEGATIONS AND BLACKMAILING: JOYKUMAR

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Imphal, 2nd January, 2018 (DIPR):

Deputy Chief Minister Shri Yumnam Joykumar Singh reiterated that Government is fully committed to all round development of Manipur, irrespective of hill and valley. Government have no intention to ignore or hurt anybody or any agency.

Addressing a press conference held today at his official chamber in Manipur Secretariat, Deputy Chief Minister said, we have the intentions to extend support and help any agency which are meant for the welfare of people. Rejecting a media report on alleged misusing of power by himself and another cabinet colleague ignoring, harassing and blackmailing six Autonomous District Councils (ADCs), Shri Joykumar Singh said, the report published in the media is completely baseless and false. He said, we have every reason to reject that report that no such act has been done so far.

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Clarifying that excess authorisation proposals has to be examined, Shri Joykumar Singh said, proposals made by finance department regarding salaries payment of Education department of six ADCs has to be considered very carefully as it has many due components like salaries payment of 133 PrimaryTeachers and 894 Chowkidars which have been regularised in 2016-17 amounting to a total of around 19 crores. Also, a total of around 11 crores have also been proposed by the finance department for backlog payment of arrears which were applied in 2009-10. Such payments need to be audited and therefore, a consultation was held on 23rd December, 2017 along with Principal Secretaries of Finance and Tribal Affairs and Hills. He further said, a committee to audit the same will be formed with members from Finance, TA & Hills departments and once it is audited, all due payments will be made.

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While appealing not to indulge in allegations, pressurizing or blackmailing authority without any appropriate evidence, Deputy Chief Minister warned to take legal action against those who are involved in such blame game. He also cautioned that Government will not succumb to such emotional blackmailing.

Principal Secretary (TA & Hills) Shri L. Lakher, Special Secretary (Finance) Smt. Kim and Joint Secretary (Finance) Shri Radhabinod also attended among others in the conference.

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