‘Charges over misused funds against Henry baseless’

Imphal: In connection with the charges made by MLA, Y. Erabot against former MLA O. Henry, his PRO in-charge, Boyes Kom and concerned contract workers engaged for construction of Anganwadi centres retaliated that the charges are baseless.

In a video clip issued by Boyes Kom, he said MLA Wangkhei Assembly Constituency charged that former MLA, Henry has misused funds for upgradation of Anganwadi centres of Wangkhei assembly constituency and there is suspicion that former MLA has withdrawn funds for construction of 1000 anganwadi centres.

He said the charges against former MLA was made without doing any research but just to take political mileage. For Wangkhei Constituency there is in the work programme for newly construction of 12 Anganwadi centres. However, the respective land owner has to sign a ‘gift deed’ to the state government where the Anganwadi centre is to constructed. No individual is willing to sign the gift deed for construction of the centres and due to the reason the work for newly construction of the centre is yet to be started, he added.

Boyes said the phase-1 funds for newly construction of Anganwadi centres has been deposited to DRDA, Imphal East. No funds had been released yet for the construction of these centres. if any individual wanted to get information all the informations are available at executive engineer DRDA, Imphal East, he added.

Besides, Henry cannot interfere in the contract works in the construction of Anganwadi centres for other Assembly Constituencies. The construction work is to be carried by a separate committee for each Assembly Constituencies under the chairmanship of respective MLAs. He said the charges that Henry might withdraw the funds for construction Anganwadi centres for other Assembly Constituency is baseless.

Boyes said for upgradation of Anganwadi centres there are eight centres in the work programme. Out of the total centres, repairing works has completed for theAanganwadi centres located at Telipati Sahu and those that were located near Golapati Maning Leikai. Construction work of anganwai centre for Chingmeirong Maning Leikai is still under process. Construction and repairing works for other anganwadi centres are in pause as they are opened at residential area however can be resume any time after monitoring the situation of the pandemic, he added.

As running bill for upgradation of the centres a sum of around Rs 8 lakh has been withdrawn from TP cell and has been utilised the construction work by the contractors. Estimated amount for construction is Rs 2 lakh each however after deducting all taxes a centre should be constructed or repaired with about Rs 1 lakh, Boyes said.

Erabot should focus on the present issues of pandemic for the Assembly Constituency instead of initiating a debate, he added.

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