IMPHAL, April 19 - Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh has appealed to the general public to extend support and cooperation in rooting out corruption from the State. �Only the government cannot take up the initiative unless the general public supports the move,� he said.
The CM urged, �The public should not take cash or kind for community feasting, etc., from their representative during election time. Besides they should not bribe for jobs, etc.�
He was speaking at the inaugural function of the annual Spring Music Concert �Yenningthagee Eshei� organised by All India Radio, Imphal here on Wednesday.
He said that Manipur is plagued with corruption. As such, people should take a proactive role in ending all forms of corruption, he observed.
Stating that the present State Government understands the mental dilemma endured by the parents and candidates who had appeared in the police recruitment conducted by the previous Government, Singh said that the present coalition Government would declare the results of the said test soon after reviewing the recruitment process.
Observing that corruption starts from the people, the Chief Minister made an earnest appeal to the people not to encourage any form of corrupt activities/practices. Announcing that his Government would recruit a good number of State security personnel soon, he urged the public to stay away from corrupt practices in the recruitment.
The Chief Minister also said that no money/fund for any developmental project would be released if photos of work progress are not uploaded regularly on the Government website.
Opining that change should always start with self, the CM reiterated that the State Government is fully committed to giving a transparent and clean administration to the people.
The State Government is planning to construct a Manipur Bhavan in Mumbai, he said, adding land has already been acquired by the previous Government.
The Chief Minister accepted AIR Imphal�s offer of earmarking a 15-minute slot every month to broadcast his speech on the lines of PM�s �Mann Ki Baat� programme.
Works and IPR Minister Th Biswajit and National School of Drama, New Delhi Chairman Ratan Thiyam also attended the function.