STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 3rd May: Health minister L Jayantakumar has alleged that ex-speaker Th Lokeshwar misused his power and constructed compound wall for the proposed Imphal East district hospital on his (Lokeshwar) own land through his own construction firm.
The minister also said that the government still considers the site of the proposed district hospital at Sagolmang as a disputed site.
Addressing media persons at his secretariat office here on Thursday, Jayantakumar said that an RTI reply has revealed that MDS awarded the contract for construction of the compound wall to one M/s L Singh and Co, special class contractor, Keishampat Keisham Leikai. The government has found that the construction firm has RK Lakhisana as its proprietor and MLA Th Lokeshwar as managing partner since July 1, 2014. The compound wall was constructed on the land, which belongs to family of the ex-speaker, and the project cost of Rs 1.3 crore was withdrawn without completing the constructions.
Terming it as illegal and expressing suspicion of the leaders of the then government misusing their powers, the minister said that there is still possibility of the government recovering the released fund.
The then principal secretary (H&FW), in a letter written to DC Imphal East in November 2011, stated that a land area of 4.11 acres is registered in the name of the directorate of health services. However, record book in the settlement department shows that the plot was registered to a private party and reselling the same to the government to reclaim compensation, the minister said while urging the JAC members to find out the truth with the settlement department.
Stating that the government has no motive of ignoring Sagolmang area and Saikul AC in terms of healthcare sector, Jayantakumar appealed to the people to understand the situation and stop misleading the government effort to the public.
Health services additional director Dr Soram Manikanta, who was also present during the press meet, said that the rate of compensation for the land area was fixed at Rs 4.9 lakh in 2013. However, as per cabinet decision, administrative officers of the department enquired the land owners if they agree with the previous rate. The MoU, which is being debated over and over is the document signed by the land owners as a response to the query of the department and the department has no knowledge who delivered the document to the department.