The Kangleipak Kanba Lup (KKL) has urged the state government and concerned others to suspend the Youth Affairs and Sports department, Manipur director immediately from his post and conduct enquiry against him.
Addressing a press conference on Monday at Jupiter Yambem Centre, KKL secretary general, Ngamkheingakpa Luwang alleged that ‘Khelo India programme’ is yet to be implemented in the state as YAS director T Phulen Meitei is suppressing the programme.
The Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry had allotted 16 Khelo India Centres for Manipur and granted Rs 7 lakh to each to the 16 Khelo India centres but it was given only on papers and not given physically, Luwang said and added that it can be verified from the accounts of YAS which is with the State Bank of India, Imphal secretariat department.
KKL had addressed the failure of Khelo India programme in Manipur to the PMO on August 25 but the reply received from Sports Authority of India (SAI) on October 11 is totally baseless and it is YAS director submitted reply to SAI, Luwang said.
“We wonder if the YAS director misguided SAI, Prime Minister and even chief minister of Manipur as no money has been distributed after the programme was launched”, he asked.
KKL further claimed that interviews for selection of coaches for Khelo India scheme were held on June 12 but postponed by the YAS director without fresh notification to accommodate a candidate who had failed to turn up on the scheduled date. And among 16 coaches selected for each of the disciplines, the one selected for Rowing happened to be a person who is said to be proficient in Canoeing and Kayaking and not in Rowing at all, he added.
Ngamkheingakpa Luwang also alleged that in boxing the lone candidate who had not appeared for the interview on the scheduled date had been selected and questioned how he was selected. The person who was selected participated in one international level boxing tournament as an invitee and nothing more, he informed.
He mentioned that for Bishnupur Khelo India centre, the YAS director selected Canoeing and Kayaking player in rowing.
Such smacks of favouritism and corruption needs to be relooked and if required, the entire interview process needs to be cancelled, Luwang said, adding with the YAS director apparently taking over the scheme as his personal fiefdom, he should be suspended immediately.