Manipur RD&PR department refutes allegation of Rs 1700 crore PMGSY Scam

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Imphal: Manipur Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (RD & PR) department has refuted the allegation made by Manipur PCC against the additional chief engineer in-charge (RED) and joint decretary (RD&PR), Manipur in Rs 1700 crores PMGSY Scam.

Allegation by MPCC

MPCC general secretaries W. Shyamjai and Md Wahidur Rahaman made allegation on Tuesday against Kh. Rajen Singh, additional chief engineer-II (RED) Manipur about indulging in corruption, undue influence, abuse of power, loot and misuse of public money to the tune of  Rs 1700 crore from PMGSY project funds in Manipur and also alleged that Ng. Roben Singh, joint secretary (RD&PR), aiding and unduly helped Rajen with new lucrative posting vide order dated November 27, 2022 in the name of the governor even though Rajen’s retirement was due on December 31, 2022.

It was alleged that such order by the said officer amounts to misutilization of the authority of the governor. It was also alleged that such posting orders amounts to directly helping the tainted officer and considers it as a way to cover up corruption of the said tainted officer who had retired. It is further alleged that giving postings to such tainted officer involved in misutilization of crores of Rupees by Roben gives rise to a suspicion that the joint secretary may also be involved in the said misutilization of crores of Rupees.

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It was reported in two local newspapers that Shyamjai of MPCC has stated that the main issue raised by MPCC is that the government should enquire into the reason behind retaining an engineer who had retired from service through transfer and should also make an enquiry and take actions as per law against Roben for helping such tainted engineer who is allegedly involved in misutilization of the fund.

Clarification from RD&PR department

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The department clarified that there has been no complaint received by this department till date against Rajen for alleged corruption, undue influence, abuse of power and loot and misuse of public money to the tune of Rs 1700  rores of PMGSY in Manipur.

It was clarified that Roben is the signatory for most of the orders, letters, office  emorandums and any other communication for the department. All such orders, letters, office memorandums and communications are made with due approval of the competent authority of the department.

The alleged transfer and posting order of Rajen was signed by Roben after due approval of competent authority of the department. Roben cannot be made responsible for such transfers in the department under any circumstance wherein, he is the signatory officer for most of the orders for transfers and postings in the department.

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The order for retirement on superannuation in respect of Rajen was issued under the signature of Roben on December 16, 2022 with effective date of superannuation being 31.12.2022 (AN) after completing due process including issuance of Integrity Certificate/Vigilance Clearance Certificate issued vide letter dated October 26, 2022 of Vigilance department and with due approval of the competent authority of the RD & PR department.

The agreement for re-engagement of Rajen on contract basis was duly made on January 1 with approval of the competent authority of the department in pursuance of the state Cabinet decision taken on October 13, 2022 and with due concurrence of Finance department and department of Personal. Thus, Roben or Rajen cannot be attributed in any way for re-engagement of Rajen on contract basis.

Allegations made by MPCC against the two officers are misplaced and unfounded, the RD&PR department said.

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