When it comes to the issue of non-issuance of utilisation certificates for various works in different departments, Manipur tops the list, said social researcher Serto Tondana Kom.
Addressing the press meet at the Manipur Press Club on Sunday, Serto said that in comparison to the entire Northeast India, excluding Assam, Manipur tops in awaiting utilisation certificates since 2009.
According to the State Finance Audit Report - 2022, which is audited till March, 2021, it is reported that 6,664 utilisations certificates are awaited and the amount is Rs 11,331,76 crore, he said. For 2017-18, the number of awaited UCs are 4,288 with amount Rs 6365.17 crore; 2018-19- 5,399 UCs with amount Rs 8685.15 crore; 2019-20- 6664 UCs with Rs 11331.76 crore, Serto added.
Not providing a utilisation certificate shows corruption and the unhealthy practices of the state, he said and urged the concerned authorities to look into the matter.
From 2009 to 2020, utilisation certificates awaited in RD&PR is 635, development of tribal affairs and hills development-2377, education (S)- 1078, power-148, medical and health-90, MAHUD-273, Planning-156, education (U)- 335, horticulture and soil conservation- 188, forest department-103, art and culture department-474, social welfare-114, general administrative department-154, labour department-17, agriculture department-44, Serto Kom said.
Serto Kom also informed that, compared to 6,664 utilisation certificates awaited in Manipur, Mizoram has 151 utilisation certificates awaited, 1,436 in Sikkim; 630 in Tripura; 251 in Nagaland; 259 in Arunachal and 393 in Meghalaya.