Pothashang News Service: Imphal, March 11, 2018: Manipur PCC has mocked the BJP led Nongthombam Biren Singh government for inaugurating projects that were ‘almost completed’ by the Congress government and for inaugurating incomplete projects to mark its achievement during first one year of its governance.
BJP-led Manipur government is inaugurating series of projects under its “Inaugural Fortnight” that began on March 1 to mark its achievement during first one year of its governance that completes on March 15. The government scheduled to inaugurate 120 projects during the ‘Inaugural fortnight’.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union home minister Rajnath have been scheduled to inaugurate major projects during their visits on March 15 and 16.
Modi will inaugurate Mapithel dam (Thoubal Multi-purpose project) and Dolaithabi barrage project, Civil Secretariat’s ministerial block and Rani Gaidinliu Park, Mantripukhri among others and would lay foundation stones for National Sports University, National Football Academy and 1,000 Anganwadi centres among many during his visit Manipur to inaugurate the Indian Science Congress to be held from March 16 to 20 and hosted by Manipur University.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh would inaugurate the Moreh Integrated Check Post on March 15 along with a power sub-station and some other projects.
Manipur PCC suggests the government to inaugurate the projects when the constructions are completed. It said many of the projects had been almost completed during the Congress regime.
“We could not complete the projects due to JCILPS strike and United Naga Council’s indefinite economic blockade inspired by the BJP which hindered to complete the projects”, said former chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh. He was talking to reporters at Manipur Congress bhavan today.
Former Speaker TH. Lokeshore said 99 percent of the Dolaithabi barrage has been completed but what was left to complete is only the canal. Construction of only 30 percent of the two canals is yet to complete. “The contractors have stopped construction as their bills has not been cleared”, added Lokeshore. He said, “The chief minister keep saying that his government is for the welfare of the people but not to take credit through inaugurations. Why is he trying to inaugurate projects when they are not ready to give benefit to the people?”
A team of Congress legislature visited the Civil Secretariat’s ministerial block at Mantripukhri. “Its doors and windows were not fixed, there are a lot of pending works that would take more than one and a half year”, said the former Speaker.
Nambol MLA N. Loken said two old additional rooms of Naree Kalyan Vidyala school, Nambol constructed under RMSA during 2015-16 were inaugurated on Saturday by ZEO but on the inauguration plate it was written as Inaugurated by Th. Radhesyam Singh, eduction minister. The minister was not there during the Inauguration, he added.
“We don’t believe in gaining such Cheap Popularity by inaugurating small innovations”, said Ibobi.
Manipur PCC president TN Kaokip said, “We feel happy and worry to hear of inaugurations of incomplete projects. Is the BJP trying to bluff the people of Manipur as they bluffed the people of three North East states to form government?”
“All the projects in the list of more than 100 projects were taken up by our government. It is good that the present government continues our taken up works. But what will happen when half-cooked projects are inaugurated”, said Haokip.
For Thoubal project there pending fund to be released for more than Rs 100 crore and for Dolithabi project there is a pending of more than Rs. 70 crores, Ibobi supplemented.
Ibobi said there are a lot of projects which we have completed in the interior hill regions like Tipaimukh, Thanlon, Parbung, Bangai range, etc. “If they have to inaugurate all these projects two years will not be sufficient” said Ibobi.
Ibobi also said Prime Minister has announced to implement the 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations in Tripura. “Why can’t in Manipur? Asked Ibobi.