Four Manipur government officials were suspended on Thursday by Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation minister, Karam Shyam for alleged irregularities in the utilization of land resources, records and public assets.
The decision was taken in consultation with the State Revenue Commissioner, Th Chittaranjan and other concerned high ranking officials of the department after detailed inquiry.
The suspended officials are SDC Imphal west central, N Suran Singh, circle mandol, SDC Office, Imphal West Central, O Dhanabir Singh, supervisor Kanungo, Chandel, Th Ibomcha Singh, and supervisor Kanungo, i/c registrar Kanungo, Directorate of Settlement and Land Records, Government of Manipur, A Iboton Singh.
Karam Shyam said that he had received several complaints in relation to improper land resources utilization and its mismanagement from the public during his nine months tenure as revenue minister.
Suspending the four officials for misappropriating land assets that is a public property for their own personal profits and interests, he stressed that stern action would be taken against those who misuse public assets wrongly and found guilty.
During a press meet held at the conference hall of the minister’s office, he stated that both SDC Suran and mandol Dhanabir are responsible for wrong entry of Tarunibala’s mother as dead instead of alive regarding land property entitlement and it would be justified on the part of the government to punish them for distorting facts and their involvement in the matter.
Th Ibomcha is suspended on charges of irresponsible behaviour in connection with irregularities regarding 33 Khangabok land records, he said.
There are also cases of computerization and manipulation that the revenue officials of the State are looking into for details from time to time.
A Iboton misused the dakshitha (patta) legal papers of the Sports University which is a state or national property without prior permission of the concerned higher authorities, he said.
Meanwhile, the minister awarded cash prize to, zilladar, SDO Office, Bishnupur, Ningthoujam Ibochouba for his sincere service regarding revenue tax collection of Rs 50,000 within a short span of 10 days.
Stressing that the revenue department is not having a good image in the public eye, the minister assured that his department shall abide strictly by the law and order and norms of the state and conveyed the message that concerned officials should not commit such irregularities in future to pursue personal motives.