Khurai residents come to deposit money for rice, returns without finding officeIMPHAL | Jul 10
With the demand that the missing rice must be distributed, people of Khurai came to deposit money for five months at office of M/S N.E. Enterprise located at New Checkon, Imphal East. However, they failed to deposit the amount as they could not find the office.
“Contractor and proprietor of M/S N.E. Enterprise, Laishram Hemanta Singh is not suitable for being a contractor. He must be booked immediately for creating artificial rice scarcity in Khurai assembly constituency,” said MLA, Susindro.
In a press conference held earlier, Hemanta had stated that the people of Khurai assembly constituency failed to deposit the amount for five consecutive months, and stated that the rice cannot be transported without the deposit. He further claimed that there are 27 Fair Price Shops (FPS) agents existing in the assemlby constituency but Susindro nominated Y. Thoithoiba of Khurai Sajor Leikai to do the work of procurement and distribution of rice to FPS agents in the assembly constituency.
The contractor also informed that Thoithoiba, who is the nominee, had procured quota of rice for 19 months but utilisation certificates for distribution of rice to card holders are submitted only for 18 months against the procured quota.
It is also learnt that Thoithoiba allegedly deducted one kilogram of rice per Priority Household (PHH) beneficiary and five kilograms per Antyodaya Anna Yojana(AAY) card holder which reportedly resulted into deduction of 259.02 quintals of PHH( 259 bags) and 58.35 quintals of AAY (116 bags) of rice per month, he added.
Susindro, who was among the team who came to deposit the total amount of about Rs. 26 lakhs at M/S N.E. Enterprise, said Hemanta is not suitable for being a contractor. “He lied to the people of Khurai that he has the rice which are to be distributed after the amount of rice is deposited,” he alleged.
When agents of the assembly constituency came to deposit the amount of five months to the office of M/S N.E. Enterprise, it was found that there was no office at the address mentioned in its letterhead. “The government and minister concerned must take legitimate action against Hemanta. If the authority and concern minister failed to take action, then he will be knocking the doors of law,” Susindro stated.
Convener of JAC against bomb blast at Khurai Sajor Leikai, Usharanjan said people came to deposit the said amount at the office of M/S N.E. Enterprise but unfortunately there was not office found under the name.
Nominee of Khurai assembly constituency, Yumkhaibam Thoithoiba said rice were drawn through challan without depositing money to contractor. When inquired if they would be visiting the home of the contractor, he stated they did not come for a personal attack and the people who came today would not be visiting his residence and chose to negotiate the matter officially.
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