STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 4th May: Refuting the allegation levelled by health minister L Jayantakumar against him and stating that people of Khundrakpam and Saikul assembly constituencies are highly charged, MLA Th Lokeshwar has urged the leaders in the state government to exercise restraints while making remarks and issuing statements regarding the district hospital issue.
Addressing media persons on Friday, the former speaker accused the health minister of trying to mislead the public in total contradiction to the acknowledgement of chief minister N Biren during a meeting with the JAC and himself. Terming the claims of the health minister as baseless, he urged the minister to understand sentiment of the people of the two constituencies before making such statements to prevent unwanted public reactions.
During the meeting on April 29, CM Biren acknowledged that the MoU produced by the health minister is not an official one and there is no land dispute over the hospital site.
The CM also appealed to the JAC to wait for a joint meeting with the health minister to clear any misunderstanding, Lokeshwar said and appealed to the people of Khundrakpam and Saikul ACs not to take up any movement before the joint meeting as assured by the CM.
Clarifying on the allegations of the construction firm belonging to him and his family, the MLA said that M/s L Singh & Co is not related with him and one can easily check the fact with the registrar of cooperative society or contractors’ profile with PWD.
As for the MoU, additional director of health services Dr S Manikanta had already stated that the document was brought by some persons and the department has no knowledge about the identity of the persons. Despite such facts, it is unfortunate for the minister to keep sticking to the document, he said.
He further said that the 5.21 acre of land has already been transferred in the name of the directorate of medical and health services and compensations have been paid. As such, there is no need to enquire if they are satisfied with the rate of compensation after so many years. Besides, the allegation of his family trying to resell the already acquired land to the government is a baseless accusation aimed at misleading the public. In fact, he and his family have made it clear on numerous occasions that they are willing to donate the land for the hospital. They even waited for government officials to turn up on April 24 so that they can transfer the land ownership to the government, he added.
The ex-speaker also questioned the reason for publishing the location of Imphal East district hospital as CHC Sagolmang in the document meant for sanctioning projects for establishing and upgrading several district hospitals, CHCs, PHCs, PHSCs and UPHCs, which was issued on November 23, 2017 if the government thinks that there is land dispute at the site.