IMPHAL, October 25: The Joint Action Committee on Khuga Dam Project, Churachandpur district in a statement jointly signed by Lalpu Hangsing, chairman of the JAC and Lun S. Gangte secretary JAC, claimed that on October 24 the JAC was left utterly shocked and disappointed beyond expression by the rude and unbecoming behaviour of IFCD minister N. Biren at his official residence.
The minister however flatly denied this and said he had only asked for a free and healthy discussion with the party in his office.
The release however claimed that the JAC members led by its chairman, went to submit a memorandum in connection with the pending bills of contractors engaged in Khuga Dam construction and compensation to villagers affected by the project however the minister not only denied to receive the memorandum but also yelled at his security guards for letting the members enter his quarters.
It further said the miniser has failed on all fronts to oversee and administer his responsibiity and could spare no time to discuss issues related to Khuga Dam. Besides, the pending bills and compensations till date speak much volume, it asserted.
Drawing the attention of the Chief Minister to intervene into the matter, the JAC also informed to vigorously pursue its demands until it is realized.
Meanwhile, minister N. Biren, talking to IFP on the matter of allegation made against him clarified that he in good faith only informed his security guards to convey the visitors to come and discussed any matter relating to the department at his office chamber and not at his residence.
He also appealed any individuals or groups not to politicize and sensationalize the issue unnecessarily.
Source: Imphal Free Press