IMC suspended for 6 months for alleged financial irregularitiesIMPHAL | Jul 15
Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD), has suspended the Imphal Municpal Corporation (IMC) for six months with immediate effect from Monday for alleged financial irregularities and abuse of power by the corporation.
A suspension order in this regards was issued by the Joint secretary (MAHUD), Ksh. Lemba Singh on behalf of the Governor, in exercise of power conferred by section 20r of the Municipalities Act 1994 (read with the provision of the 3rd Amendment Act, 2005 and 10th Amendment Act, 2016.
The order said, “Upon lapses committed by IMC, the Government is of the opinion that IMC is not competent to perform its duties and has exceeded and abused its powers”.
It further informed that the Government had examined the report of the local fund audit dated January 14, 2019 regarding special audit inspection on IMC.
According the department on July 3 issued a show cause notice with a direction to give explanation and clarification regarding various financial irregularities, violation of guidelines, diversion of funds, irregularities in installation of Solar Lamp etc, added the order.
However, the MAHUD found the written reply furnished by the IMC not satisfactory and approximately explained the charges leveled against the corporation.
The MAHUD is likely to depute a special administrator to take over the corporation until the matter is resolved.
L. Lokeshwar, IMC Mayor said that he is not deterred by the development for he has done whatever he could to bring a significant change for the corporation.
“I have tried my best to elevate the corporation to a new height despite the fact that the corporation faces fund constraint. Even as circumstances have led the corporation in a sticky position it is just a matter of time. I will continue to serve the corporation for that is why people elected me”, said Lokeshwar.