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Rishang Speaks Out Against Corruption

IMPHAL, Apr 20: While the Ministers, MLAs and bureaucrat officers are indulging in corruption, the underground groups are busy serving extortion notes to them, Rajya Sabha MP Rishang Keishing has stated, while inaugurating a day-long discourse on ‘Impact of corruption and extortion on civil society’ at Hotel Classic here today.

Speaking as chief guest of the inaugural function of the discourse organized under the joint aegis of Manipur Committee for Social Concern and Kuki Research Forum, veteran politician and Rajya Sabha MP Rishang Keishing observed that the leaders who have led people in the struggle for independence of the country and those who came immediately after them were sincere, dedicated and god fearing. But today, it is altogether a different story.

Politicians should never forget their responsibility towards the people. But the present lot of politicians could think nothing about the welfare of the people.

At one time, the annual plan amount of Manipur was just around Rs 200 crores. But today it is Rs 3200 crores. Yet, we do not see any development as the fund meant for developmental activities are being misused.

Common people may also be needing the money for survival. But what would be the fate of a State if the rights of the people are being bought with money. To make Manipur a corruption free State, first of all the leaders needs to perform their duties with sincerity, the MP said.

In his address as guest of honor of the function, former Minister C Doungel observed that increasing materialistic mindset of the people has become one of the main causes for rising corruption in the society. Corruption and extortion are the two main social problems in Manipur today.  To put an end to these two social problems, the efforts of the Government alone would not be enough. Every individual in the society should contribute their mite in the effort, Doungel added.

MLA Prithiviraj, who was another guest of honor of the inaugural function, observed that every individual in the society should join hands to fight against corruption and other social vices instead of blaming each other.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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