KKL draws attention of PM in swindling of NSU funds by HSCL

KKL draws attention of PM in swindling of NSU funds by HSCL

TMB Report

IMPHAL: The Kangleipak Kanba Lup (KKL) has drawn the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the swindling of Rs. 5.17 crore of the NSU’s funds by officials of Hindustan Steelworks Construction Ltd. (HSCL) in connivance with the authorities of the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports and a CBI enquiry into the alleged wrongdoing.

In a press release, KKL mentioned that Narendra Modi was apprised of the malpractice and consequent demand for a CBI probe into the scam in a letter which was submitted to his office. The Rs 5.17 Crores that took place in the year 2017-18 was exposed in an article written by Yambem Laba for The Statesman on 31st August 2020. According to the allegation, an administrative sanction was given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt of India vide no 70/77/2014 SP-VI on 4th April 2017 to raze an entire hillock at the NSU campus at Koutruk to prepare a ground whereby the Prime Minister was scheduled to address the public after laying the foundation of the NSU. Then PM Modi came and laid the foundation stone on 16th March, 2018. However, the PM did not go to Koutruk but instead laid the foundation stone at the cricket stadium in Luwangsangbam. During a bi-annual meeting presided by the then acting Vice Chancellor of NSU and Secretary Sport of the Government of India Rahul Bhatnagar an official asked National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) to furnish a copy of the notice inviting tender for the work and to give the name of the contractor/firm to whom the work was awarded to for the razing of the hillock and preparation of the ground, in which the NBCC official was unable to furnish the material simply because the work was executed on paper only, termed as ‘’Akash Bill’’ in Manipuri parlance, added the press release.

KKL in the letter submitted to PM Modi also pointed out the fact that the present Vice-Chancellor of NSU R.C Mishra is a former civil servant with little or no experience in Sport Sciences, Sports Management, Sports coaching, Sports psychology and Sports Medicine, even though the Manipur Olympic Association had endorsed the appointment of internationally renowned sports scientist and academician Dr. G. L Khanna to the post of Pro-Vice Chancellor of State National University (SNU). There were two Manipuris present in the NSU during the initial days and they were K. Radhakumar as the Registrar and Major Yambem Angamba Singh (Rtd) as the Deputy Project Director of NSU. KKL stated that the submission of resignation by Radhakumar was because the authorities of NSU paid no heed to his complaints relating to the misdeeds of former Dean Jayshree Archarya and the services of Major Angamba who was serving on a contract basis but was not extended since last year.

Kangleipal Kanba Lup mentioned the other requests made to PM Modi include the non-selection of eligible persons from Manipur. It stated that having given 300 acres of land for the construction of NSU there should be at least two representatives in the final decision making body of NSU, one from the side of the Government of Manipur and another from amongst the sportspersons or general public of Manipur.

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