KKL said that since the charges levied against the chairman and his cohorts in the COHSEM in local and national media have not been rebutted or contradicted till date, it can be assumed that they are guilty of the charges.
Kangleipak Kanba Lup (KKL) has demanded the government to immediately remove Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (COHSEM) chairman Lamabam Mahendra Singh and also to institute a Vigilance inquiry into the “crime he has committed against the interest of the students’ community of Manipur”. Failing which, KKL warned that it may resort to various other tactics including general strikes or bandh.
KKL, in a release, raised doubts and questioned the declared statement of the chief minister on his “War on Corruption” as soon as he had assumed office in 2017.
The release said that it was recently exposed both in the national as well as local media as to how against an unauthorized official notification of 19 posts in the COHSEM in early 2019, the COHSEM’s chairman had recruited 49 persons in excess of 30 persons altogether including his own daughter who has reportedly not attended office till date from her date of appointment.
It was published that a number of the persons employed “illegally” in excess are near relatives of the office bearers of the COHSEM including that of the legal advisor of the council. And various charges were also levied against Mahendra about transfer of bribe money and the subsequent purchase and construction of a four storied house in Kwakeithel area of Imphal, it added.
Since the charges levied against the chairman and his cohorts in the COHSEM have not been rebutted or contradicted till date, it can be assumed that they are guilty of the charges, KKL said.
KKL alleged that Mahendra had of late invested a huge sum of money with a private Thoibi Housing Finance Company Ltd and had also sunk in money in real estate business having purchased a huge tract of land in Nongren near Lamlai numbering many Paris (Hectares).
KKL further alleged that he has already purchased answer sheets for the next five years amounting to approximately Rs 1.4 crore, although the established norm is for an annual placement of order. Also he has printed and purchased examination forms for three years exceeding Rs 15 lakh against the same norm of yearly basis, it added.
The release further alleged that he had drawn more than Rs 1.5 crore from the Corpus fund of the COHSEM for the construction of an extension of the present building, which according to expert opinion will not be costing more than Rs 75 lakh. Co-incidentally the construction of his house at Kwakeithel happened at the same time, it added.
KKL also mentioned that the COHSEM does not receive any Grant-in-Aid from the state government but is solely managed on revenue generated from subscriptions and fees from students and the educational institutions. As such all expenditure to be meted out as salaries or constructions have to be meted out from this revenue generated, it added.
And also the hard fact is that the career of High School students will now be in the hands of the COHSEM following the implementation of the New Education Policy in India, it informed.