IMPHAL, April 2 - The Manipur Government has decided to conduct an inquiry into the procurement, installation and commissioning of CCTV cameras in Imphal town to ascertain the facts and to find officers responsible for lapses, if any.
Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Dr Suresh Babu issued an order to conduct an inquiry by an enquiry committee consisting of Additional Director General of Police Promod Ashthana as chairman, Secretary (RD&PR) Sumant Singh and IGP Clay Khongsei as members.
The committee shall inquire into the process of tender, procurement, installation and commissioning of CCTVs and find out lapses if any; and identify the persons responsible for such lapses. The report shall be submitted to the Government within 15 days from March 31, official source said.
It may be mentioned here that the State Home Department had sanctioned a sum of Rs 8,01,54,775 under the Plan 2009-10 and 2010-2011 for procurement of CCTVs for installation and commissioning at the Raj Bhavan, Chief Minister�s bungalow and market areas.
It has been brought to the notice of the Home Department that CCTVs installed in market areas have not been functional since their installation and there are irregularities in procurement and installation of CCTV cameras.
In another development, to ensure effective and efficient utilisation of funds of various welfare activities in respect of State Plan/CSS during 2016-17, the Government has advised all departments to comply with instructions and take necessary measures so as to ensure completion of developmental works on time.
Principal Secretary (Planning) Vineet Joshi also issued an office memo to be complied with by all the Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Commissioners, Secretaries and heads of departments, on March 30 last.
The office memorandum instructed the top-level officers to upload progress report of works costing Rs 50 lakh and above taken up during 2016-17. The progress report must be backed by photographs showing the progress of work through geo-tagging in the website of the State Planning Department in respect of CSS/State Plan.